HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION APPLAUDS VOTERS FOR DEFENSE OF MARYLAND DREAM ACT

HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION APPLAUDS VOTERS FOR DEFENSE OF MARYLAND DREAM ACT

Contact: Antonio “Tony” Arocho, Esq.
E-mail: aaocho@hnba.com
Phone: (202) 223-4777
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2012
 
Washington, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) applauds the yes vote by Maryland voters to secure the Maryland DREAM Act that appeared as a question on the Maryland Ballot this past Tuesday. The HNBA, its members and its affiliates have been at the forefront in defending the DREAM Act in Maryland and other states as well as nationally. This is a victory for the entire country and for young undocumented immigrants that seek the opportunity to pursue the American Dream through higher education. Maryland became the first state in the country to approve a state’s version of the DREAM Act. As a result, undocumented immigrants will be able to pay in-state tuition rates at state institutions of higher education if they attend a Maryland high school for three years and if they or their parents can show that they filed income taxes during that period.
 
“Maryland citizens this past election day affirmed the DREAM Act, which is a victory not only for the immigrant community but for all of Maryland,” said Peter M. Reyes, Jr., National President of the HNBA. “An education is a human right that should be accessible to all in Maryland, and now this can be reality for some. This will only make Maryland stronger and more productive. It now is important that there be comprehensive federal immigration reform, and for other states to follow the lead of Maryland.”
 
About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in the United States and its territories. From the days of its founding four decades ago, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession. It does so by encouraging Latino students to choose a career in the law and by prompting their advancement within the profession once they graduate and start practicing. Through a combination of issue advocacy, programmatic activities, networking events and educational conferences, the HNBA has helped generations of lawyers succeed.

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