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Sign HNBA Petition for The DREAM Act

Monday, June 27, 2011  
The HNBA is collecting signatures for a petition in favor of the DREAM Act that it will submit in testimony at the U.S. Senate hearing on the DREAM Act. The HNBA petition reads:

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) calls upon all Senators to fulfill their responsibility to shape this country’s future, strengthen our national security, and allow these students the opportunity to give back to this country by moving the DREAM Act forward to passage of both legislative chambers.

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, to the detriment of America as a whole. 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.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed that such legislation 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. Now it’s time for legislators to move the country forward and pass this incredibly important piece of legislation.

To sign the petition, go to: http://www.hnba.com/dream-act-petition-2/.

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