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September 28, 2007

HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION URGES PASSAGE OF THE DREAM ACT

The National Voice of the Hispanic Legal Community.

Media Contact: Sonia Medina 202-223-4777; Email: smedina@hnba.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2007

Senator Durbin Proposed Legislation Is Key For America’s Future

(Washington, DC) – On September 21, 2007, Senator Durbin introduced legislation entitled the “Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act” (“Dream Act”) as an amendment to a major U.S. defense appropriations bill (HR 1585). Among other things, the Dream Act would establish a structured method by which permanent legal status would be granted on an earned basis to students that were brought to the United States as minors and that complete high school, demonstrate good moral character, and continue on to a college degree or honorable service in the U.S. military.

"The students in this country, regardless of how they came here, deserve an opportunity to continue with their education in a lawful environment. They deserve the right to remain, learn, and contribute to this country, a place where they have already spent significant portions of their lives,” said Carlina Tapia-Ruano, Chair of the HNBA Section on Immigration Law.”

“The Dream Act is a winning proposition in all aspects,” said Jimmie V. Reyna, National President, HNBA. “The Dream Act preserves America’s past and future investment in its youth, it encourages education and military service, and it rewards legal status to immigrants that have earned this valuable privilege. This is the type of immigration reform that makes sense, and we look forward towards working with Senator Durbin and all Members of Congress on its passage.”

The Senate’s recent struggle to pass comprehensive immigration reform demonstrated the importance of addressing immigration issues in an effective and meaningful manner. Although the Senate was unable to advance comprehensive immigration reform, the need for positive change to critical aspects of the immigration system continues.

The HNBA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national legal association representing the interests of 38,000 U.S. Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, and legal professionals. Its mission is to improve the study, practice, and administration of law and justice for all Americans by ensuring full and meaningful participation by U.S. Hispanic legal professionals in the legal profession, and to address legal issues that affect the Hispanic community. www.hnba.com.

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