Top education officials in New York on Tuesday called for the passage of the Dream Act in the state Senate after the Assembly approved the legislation a day earlier.

“We applaud Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and the members of the New York State Assembly for their leadership in once again voting to pass the DREAM Act – legislation that will allow undocumented college students to participate in the state’s Tuition Assistance Program,” said Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa.

“We thank, as well, Governor Cuomo for his continuing support for this vitally important legislation. And we must once again call on the State Senate to act; the refusal of Senate leadership to support this legislation flies in the face of everything that New York stands for – equality, hard work, and a level playing field for all.”

The legislation would provide tuition assistance to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, a group commonly referred to as dreamers. The bill has stalled in the Senate and it is unlikely to be taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate, where GOP lawmakers feel it unfairly punishes middle class families who have saved.

But the debate over immigration on the national level has led to a renewed push on immigration issues in New York, including the long-sought Dream Act.

“New York is the Empire State; we must lead the way, not blindly follow what now passes for leadership from our nation’s capital,” Rosa and Elia said. “The vast majority of Americans and New Yorkers support our Dreamers, and so do we. The Board of Regents and the State Education Department will continue to advocate for fairness and equity throughout our entire education system. It is time for the New York State Senate to join us as we seek to build a better, stronger, and more well-educated workforce. That is precisely what the Dream Act will deliver.”