U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez Unveils Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

December 15, 2009

Washington, D.C. – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) commends Representative Luis V. Gutierrez for introducing comprehensive immigration reform legislation and providing a platform to begin debate in the 111th Congress on this issue.  As a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization representing the interests of over 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students in the United States and Puerto Rico, the HNBA has a vested interest in the process and enactment of comprehensive immigration reform legislation that not only improves due process rights in enforcement procedures, but reduces immigration backlogs and legalizes millions of immigrants.

Román D. Hernández, the HNBA National President, reacted to the proposed legislation by stating, “Immigration reform is important to the Hispanic community and will positively affect all Americans.”  Mr. Hernández, added, “We commend Congressman Gutierrez and the original 89 co-sponsors of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP) for their hard work and courage.  Our membership has consistently called for passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation and we look forward to working with Congressman Gutierrez, and with all Members of Congress, in order to enact a reform of the U.S. immigration system during the 111th Congress.”