Democrats Cut Aid to Families of Fallen U.S. Soldiers, Give $27 Million to Illegal Immigrants Instead

Ashley (Kimber)

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Members of our military put their lives on the line to assure ALL Americans have a safe and prosperous future.

It makes sense to me, then, that if we’re going to help anyone out – it should be those who assure we have a nation to begin with.

We should look after those who Veterans who give their LIVES for us leave behind. I have no problem “chipping in” with my taxes when it comes to giving the children of deceased or disabled veterans a hand up. It’s the right thing to do. It’s the ONLY thing to do.

New York Assembly Democrats, however, have blocked a bill that proposed expanding college tuition aid for children of deceased and disabled military veterans.

This – after APPROVING a bill that gave $27 MILLION in college tuition for ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

Let that settle in. It hit me like a brick to the gut, too.

According to Fox News:

The Assembly’s Higher Education Committee voted 15 to 11 on Tuesday to shelve the bill, effectively quashing its chances of going to the floor, the Post-Standard reported.

The decision came after committee chair Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan, and Speaker Carl Heastie said $27 million from the state’s budget would go towards supporting the Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act, which allows illegal immigrants to qualify for state aid for higher education, Newsweek reported.

…Wow. I’m speechless. That doesn’t happen often.

Glick said any expansion of college tuition aid to Gold Star families was not within the state’s budget and pointed to an already-existing program that provides $2.7 million to 145 students who are dependents of vets who served in combat zones, the New York Post reported.

Yup. 2.7 million. One-TENTH of that New York is giving to illegal immigrants. Democrats are ok with this.

How is this acceptable to anyone?

“Assemblywoman Glick should be ashamed of herself,” said State Sen. Robert Ortt, R-Niagara. “We set aside $27 million dollars for college for people that are here illegally… Apparently, $2.7 million is all that the families of soldiers who are killed, get. If you’re a child of a fallen soldier, you do not rank as high and you know that by the money.”

Amen – this is shameful.

Assemblyman Will Barclay, R-Pulaski, surmised that the Democrats’ refusal had less to do with budget restraints and more to do with the bill’s author: a Republican, Steve Hawley, R-Batavia.

“We get so caught up in majority and minority issues here, we can’t see the forest through the trees,” Barclay said. “I don’t know how they don’t justify this.”

And yet, the Democrats have the GALL to act like Republicans are the ones driven by political motive in this situation:

Mike Whyland, a spokesman for Assembly Democrats, said the Republican-led bill “would have expanded the eligibility beyond the scope and should be considered within the context of the budget.”

When asked about objections by GOP lawmakers, he said: “It’s purely political and it’s unfortunate that they are using children as pawns.”

Using children as pawns? Really?

These people know no shame.