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the voice of our community and the New York City Council for giving me this opportunity to testify on behalf of the New York State DREAM Legislation. My name is Tony Choi, and I am an undocumented Korean American. I was blessed to have received a full tuition scholarship to attend college, but all throughout my adolescence, the question lingered on how a working-class undocumented youth like me could attend college. I wanted to honor my mother and my sister upon whose tireless work that I stand today by living my life to the fullest. I also owed it to other undocumented youth who are struggling so much for their education. As Ms. Bethany Li already mentioned, we are forming a group for Asian American undocumented youth in the New York and New Jersey to empower them to be a voice for their communities. Groups like ASPIRE in the Bay Area and AKASIA in Los Angeles were tremendously successful in mobilizing Asian American youth for California DREAM Act and engaging young Asian American leaders in broader civic issues. We also seek to broaden the narrow view of immigration only being a Latino issue. Education has empowered me to speak out about my situation, and I was able to be connected to those who were already involved in working for change in their communities. The undocumented students I know take on two, three grueling jobs and tackle challenging classes while remaining faithful to their families. I implore the New York City Council to stand with these hardworking immigrant students and to empower them with education. As California and Illinois blazed the trail with their state DREAM Acts, it is now up to New York to carry the torch of hope for the immigrant community just as the Statue of Liberty does here in our harbor. As New York takes the lead, I firmly believe that others will soon follow suit. At a time in our history where states like Arizona and Alabama have pointed their fingers towards the immigrant community as a source of blame, New York needs to stand strong with the people that made our society so great. The New York State DREAM Legislation will aid the Asian American communities tremendously as empowerment through education lies at the heart of our communities. Just as the immigrants past, we seek to become contributing, productive members of the society. We need to ensure that the American Dream stays accessible to all segments of the society. Thank you.