Silver's plan to aid illegals causes backlash

Aug 19, 2012

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has announced his support for a program that would provide tuition aid to illegal immigrants.

That proposal is receiving harsh local criticism a from both sides of the aisle. Republican State Senator Mark Grisanti claimed the initiative would be unfair to legal residents of the state who struggle with tuition costs.

Two Democratic hopefuls in a challenge to Grisanti also panned the plan.

Al Coppola and Charles Swanick stated that the program would be an unfair challenge to legal residents and an unnecessary burden on taxpayers.