The HNBA Welcomes Senate Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

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The HNBA Welcomes Senate Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation



April 17, 2013

Washington, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) welcomes today’s introduction of the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act” by the bipartisan Senate Gang of Eight.  This bill is the first step in tackling a broken immigration system through the implementation of common sense solutions.  The HNBA commends the Senators for creating a pathway to citizenship for those here in the U.S., for expediting Citizenship for DREAMers, and for improving opportunities for immigrants interested in working and contributing to all facets of the U.S. economy.

As the bill progresses through the Senate, we are hopeful that stakeholders and observers recognize the complexity of immigration, as well as its challenges.  We are heartened that the House Gang of Eight has applauded the Senate’s work and indicated today that it will also continue to work towards a bipartisan solution that recognizes the benefits immigrants bring to our nation, while also securing our borders.

“The Senate has worked for months to propose a bipartisan bill to address the most pressing issues of immigration reform,” said Peter M. Reyes, Jr., HNBA National President.  “This bill is needed to bring legal and policy reforms to an immigration system that is outdated and ineffective. The HNBA will work with all Congressional members on passing comprehensive immigration legislation.”

The HNBA has long worked with bipartisan partnerships to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation.  Just as in 2006 and 2007, when the HNBA established a task force of legal experts to review the numerous amendments and legal provisions of proposed initiatives, President Reyes has established an HNBA Immigration Reform Task Force this year as well.  “The Task Force intends to serve as a resource to Congress and the Administration as they move forward on this effort,” said President Reyes.

Utilizing the resources of the HNBA Immigration Task Force, HNBA members throughout the country will conduct HNBA’s annual Legislative Day of Advocacy on the Hill on May 15th.  ”As the ‘National Voice for the Hispanic Legal Community®’, our focus for the HNBA’s 2013 Legislative Day will be to ensure HNBA’s advocacy assists in the effort to provide just, economically prudent, and timely Comprehensive Immigration Reform” vowed President Reyes.


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.