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HNBA Statement on the Trump Administration’s DACA Announcement

WASHINGTON, DC -- The National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Pedro J. Torres-Díaz, released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, barring any new applications for relief after September 5, 2017, and any applications for renewal after March 5, 2018.

“While only providing temporary relief, DACA was designed to address the decade-long stalemate in Congress on immigration reform and give young Americans who live in this country without proper legal status, through no fault of their own, the opportunity to contribute fully to the only country they call home,” said HNBA National President Torres-Díaz. “Now that the Trump Administration has effectively ended the program, the nation and the over 800,000 students, entrepreneurs, public servants and military servicemen and women must now look to Congress to take swift and humane action to close this chapter in our history and provide the stability these individuals need to continue to contribute to every segment in our society. With several legislative proposals in Congress enjoying broad bipartisan support designed to protect these individuals, we encourage Congress to act in a manner that upholds our American tradition of immigration and compassion.”


About the Hispanic National Bar Association The Hispanic National Bar Association is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. For more information, please visit

Posted courtesy of Latino Lubbock Magazine

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