A group of young immigrants and their allies held a so-called light brigade outside City Hall Wednesday to protest the failure of the DREAM Act in the state Senate earlier this week.
The group used signs to raise awareness of the tuition assistance program to put pressure on Governor Andrew Cuomo to include funding for it in his executive budget in April.
Some protesters said that the bill's failure was just a further call to action.
"So when it didn't pass, at the moment, I cried, and my friend, all he could do was just hold me," said one protester. "But then, I knew that it wasn't over, that they want us to cry and give up. But we're not giving up. As you can see, we're here in the rain standing, telling Governor Cuomo to really step up and be a leader."
The New York State Youth Leadership Council says that out of 5,000 undocumented immigrants who graduate from city schools each year, only 5 to 10 percent attend college.