The Hispanic National Bar Association Commends Senate for Passing Bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill
Contact: Erika Lopez-Tello
Phone: (202) 223-4777
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2013
The Hispanic National Bar Association Calls Upon the House to Expediently Pass Similar Legislation
The Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) commends the members of the United States Senate on their historic passing of legislation which provides for much needed Immigration Reform for our country. On June 27, 2013, the Senate passed S.744, the Immigration Reform bill by an overwhelming majority, 68 to 32. Not since 1986 has the Senate passed such a comprehensive Immigration Bill that will benefit millions of immigrants living in the US, and provide increased opportunities for future legal immigrants to come and work in the US and join their families. This bill is a great victory since it would not only provide legal status for DREAMers and millions of immigrants living in the US without status, but it also creates a fair, reasonable path to citizenship. Moreover, according to a new nonpartisan report, the Senate Bill would save nearly $1 Trillion over the next two decades.
“The HNBA has long advocated for legislation to fix our broken immigration system that includes a reasonable path to citizenship,” stated Peter M. Reyes, Jr., HNBA National President. “It is imperative for our country to pass this legislation, and we now know that it will also provide a significant financial and economic benefit. The HNBA and its members across the country now call upon the House to expediently pass legislation consistent with the Senate Bill.”
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.