Comprehensive Immigration Reform: America’s Clarion Call for Greatness

March 12, 2010

Washington, D.C.  – Yesterday, President Barack H. Obama met with Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) as yet another step to establish common ground for forging a solution to one of America’s greatest challenges, comprehensive immigration reform.  The HNBA commends the President and the Senators for reaching this highly visible benchmark towards achieving a comprehensive reform of our nation’s immigrations laws and processes. “It is important to remind our Congressional leaders that the country, especially the U.S. Hispanic community, supports their bipartisan efforts to address this pressing issue,” said Román D. Hernández, HNBA National President.

The HNBA has a history of working with bipartisan partnerships to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation.  In 2006 and 2007 the HNBA established a task force of legal experts to review the numerous amendments and legal provisions of proposed initiatives.  The HNBA’s highly structured mechanism interacted proactively with all levels of government and ensured that the community at large understood the importance of the debate and content of the legislation. HNBA intends to continue this type of effort.

“America’s brightest moments in history stand as beacons of hope and justice built by men and women who led our country to meet the very challenges that make America great, and that have a resounding, positive effect throughout the world,” said Hernández.  “Now is one of those times.  The HNBA remains committed to immigration reform, and we are gathering our forces, skills, and talents to work at all levels, from the White House to our barrios, to achieve a reform that is fair, just, effective, and that protects our nation’s security.  As a nation, we cannot let this moment pass.”