On the steps of the New York Public Library headquarters Monday, advocates asked Governor Andrew Cuomo to support the New York State DREAM Act.
They voiced disappointment with the governor, who didn't include the legislation in his State of the State speech last week.
This DREAM Act would give access to financial aid programs to undocumented university students brought to the States as children.
"We are united behind the belief that every year we do not pass the DREAM Act is a wasted opportunity, that thousands of our immigrant youth who can be our future, instead, we are closing the door on them," said Stephen Choi of the New York Immigration Coalition.
"Me as a student, as a college student, it was hard for me to afford my college tuition," said Francis Madi of the Arab American Association of New York. "It took me many years to finish college because I had to work on the side to be able to afford my tuition."
Cuomo continues to be non-committal.
His office released a statement that reads, "The Governor has consistently said that he supports the national legislation and that he is currently reviewing the various state proposals."