Until about a year ago, illegal aliens could attend college in NY and pay the in-state rate! Here is a CUNY memo explaining that it did it because of 1989 mayoral executive order which provides that "[a]ny service provided by a City agency shall be made available to all aliens who are otherwise eligible for such service unless such agency is required by law to deny eligibility for such service to aliens." The order was partially reversed by a 1996 US law, but CUNY refused to comply with that law.
NY should be deporting its illegal aliens, not subsidizing them. This is an example of aliens having more rights than Americans. If NY is conspiring to help illegal aliens evade the law, then the feds should crack down on NY.