The Hispanic National Bar Association Commends the U.S. House of Representatives for Advancing the DREAM Act

Washington, D.C.- The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) commends the 216 members of the House who voted  to pass the DREAM Act this evening, and the leadership demonstrated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Howard Berman, Rep. Steny Hoyer, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, led by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, and other Congressional leaders for taking the historic step of passing the DREAM Act today by a bipartisan vote.  The HNBA now calls upon all Senators to fulfill their responsibility tomorrow to shape this country’s future, strengthen our national security, and allow these students the opportunity to give back to this country by voting for cloture and ultimately for the final passage of DREAM Act.

“We are heartened by the important step taken by the House and its leaders today.  The broad scope of our membership and DREAM petition signatories, located in all 19 HNBA regions and 40 states, will be observing tomorrow’s Senate vote closely.  We hope that all Senators do the right thing and honor the bi-partisan history of this almost 10-year old legislation by following the example of the House and vote for cloture and final passage,” said Diana Sen, HNBA President.

This legislation employs the fundamental legal tenet that immigrant children should not be punished for actions taken by others when they were minors and incapable of willful decision-making. Furthermore, the Supreme Court has prohibited states from barring undocumented students from attending primary and secondary schools. Unfortunately, once these students graduate from high school, their educational aspirations often times come to a halt. “DREAM will help advance those educational aspirations by providing them the ability to continue on to institutes of higher education. This is critical to developing our pipeline for the legal profession, and all professions,” stated Ms. Sen.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed that the bill will generate $2.3 billion in revenue over the next 10 years, and drastically reduce the deficit by 1.4 billion. “This legislation is a net positive for our country. Changes have already been made to accommodate prior concerns regarding the bill’s passage, including presenting DREAM as stand-alone legislation.  Now it’s time for the U.S. Senate to move the country forward and pass this incredibly important piece of legislation.”

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