NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Three-time New York Governor George Pataki became the eighth Republican to officially declare his candidacy for President of the United States. In 2002, then-Gov. Pataki signed into law a bill that granted in-state tuition at public colleges for undocumented students.
Cristina Jimenez, managing director for United We Dream and graduate of the City University of New York system,, issued the following statement,
“As Governor, George Pataki stood strong with immigrant youth New York by signing the in-state tuition bill in 2002, but now, he’s buckling under the pressure of his party’s mass-deportation right-wing by opposing President Obama’s executive actions on immigration that would protect millions of immigrants across the country, including my parents.”
“By opposing deferred action programs that already protect nearly 700,000 Dreamers and are set to protect millions more, Pataki is turning his back on his own immigration record by advocating for the deportation of my parents.”
“It was the immigrant community and allies from our state that mobilized and organized and because of those efforts I was able to get a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CUNY – and thousands of New Yorkers have been able to pursue their dream of an education.”
“Any realistic candidate for president must support existing deportation relief programs as well as immigration reform that addresses the moral crisis in our community and provides a full and equal path to citizenship, or be at risk of alienating the largest growing electorate in the country.”