HNBA To Launch New DREAM Advocacy Effort

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   Contact: Celeste Villarreal

July 9, 2012                                                                                              E-mail:

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HNBA To Launch New DREAM Advocacy Effort

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is launching a new advocacy effort for the DREAM Act.  The effort involves promoting a model resolution in state legislatures urging Congress to pass the DREAM Act.  This grassroots campaign will be an ongoing effort, meant to keep the DREAM Act in the national consciousness.

Several national organizations are partnering with the HNBA in this important effort: DRM Capitol Group, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), and the National Latino/a Law Student Association (NLLSA).

The DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) would provide certain undocumented youth, who arrived in this country as minors, with a credible path to legal residency by satisfying certain conditions, among them graduating from
high school or earning a GED.  They would also be expected to attend college or serve in our country’s armed forces.

Once enacted, the DREAM Act will help eliminate the legal limbo of the approximately 65,000 students who finish high school each year but are unable to pursue their dreams of going to college, enrolling in the military, or getting a job simply because they are undocumented.

“The DREAM Act is a matter of simple justice and fairness. It is good for our country. And it is the right thing to do. When it comes to making the DREAM Act a reality, HNBA is in it for the long run. And we appreciate our partners who share the same vision for the Act,” stated HNBA President Benny Agosto, Jr.

Materials for the DREAM Act campaign can be found on the HNBA’s website at Additional updates will be forthcoming on the website.

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.