HNBA Urges Full Senate To Vote For Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Advanced Senate Judiciary Committee

Contact: Erika Lopez-Tello
Phone: (202) 223-4777



May 23, 2013

On May 21, 2013, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted, with bipartisan support, to pass Senate Bill 744, the Border, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act out of the committee and on to the Senate floor for a full vote in the coming days. The Senate Judiciary Committee mark-up was completed within three weeks and covered many of the 300 amendments offered on every aspect of the bill. The resulting legislation represents a concerted effort to find a workable and fair immigration policy that will make our nation stronger.

“The Hispanic National Bar Association is pleased that the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of this important bipartisan Bill that will strengthen our country,” stated Peter M. Reyes, Jr., President of the HNBA.  “Our current immigration system is broken, and the American people have spoken that now is the time to finally fix it,” continued Reyes. “We call upon the full Senate to expeditiously pass this Bill.”

The Bill now moves forward for consideration by the entire Senate. Amendments added during the mark-up will strengthen the Bill in the areas of employment of immigrants, protections for vulnerable groups and due process. Other amendments attempting to deny certain new immigrants citizenship cause us concern, as do provisions that would deny benefits to certain family members such as siblings, and the criminalization of violations of past civil conduct. Nevertheless, the overall Bill voted upon by the Senate Judiciary Committee provides a reasonable and fair path to citizenship.  Additionally, the Bill gives the Senate the opportunity to make passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill that will benefit our country and economy a reality.


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.