HNBA Applauds President Obama’s Decision to Defer Deportations of Law-Abiding, Young Immigrants

June 15, 2012

Contact: Estuardo V. Rodriguez

Decision will spare 800,000 from deportation and make them eligible for work permits

Washington, D.C. – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) today praised President Barack Obama for announcing administrative action that will make an estimated 800,000 undocumented immigrants eligible for work permits. Immigrants who came to the United States as children and have since led law-abiding lives will be granted an opportunity to defer their deportation and qualify for a 2-year residency if they meet certain criteria. The administrative action achieves this key objective of the DREAM Act which has spent a decade pending in Congress.

“Today is a landmark day for the thousands of DREAMers who have served, learned, and worked in the United States for most of their lives,” said Benny Agosto, president of HNBA. “These young people, Americans through and through, no longer must live in fear of deportation from their adopted homeland. All Americans should rejoice that these students, soldiers and members of our communities will continue to contribute to our nation. HNBA thanks and applauds President Obama for this crucial action.”

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 three 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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