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HBA-DC Advocacy Secures DC Council's Unanimous Approval of DREAM Resolution

Thursday, December 20, 2012  
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Media Contact: Holli Feichko
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HBA-DC Advocacy Secures DC Council's Unanimous Approval of DREAM Resolution

(Washington, DC – December 19, 2012) – In its last legislative session of the year, the Council of the District of Columbia unanimously approved PR 19-1002, the "Sense of the Council Encouraging Congress to Enact the Dream Act Resolution of 2012." The Resolution calls on Congress to pass the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The Council’s action concludes an effort by the Hispanic Bar Association of DC (HBA-DC) this summer to promote the DREAM Act as part of a national campaign of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). The HBA-DC also provided testimony at a Council public hearing in the fall.

The HNBA DREAM Act initiative seeks to get state legislatures to pass resolutions that encourage Congress to pass the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act would provide certain undocumented youth, who arrived in this country as minors, with a credible path to citizenship by satisfying certain conditions, among them graduating from high school or earning a GED. They would also be expected to attend college or serve in our country’s armed forces. Once enacted, the DREAM Act will help eliminate the legal limbo of the approximately 65,000 students who finish high school each year but are unable to pursue their dreams of going to college, enrolling in the military, or getting a job simply because they are undocumented.

"The DREAM Act is a matter of justice and fairness. It is good for our country and we applaud the D.C. Council for passing this important piece of legislation," stated HBA-DC President Lyzka P. DeLaCruz.

HBA-DC worked on the model resolution for HNBA and has played a leading role in the campaign. More information on the DREAM Act campaign can be found on the HNBA’s website athttp://www.hnba.com/dream/.

About the HBA-DC
The Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, voluntary legal association representing the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, and legal professionals within the greater Washington, D.C. area. Its mission is promoting the professional development of Hispanic lawyers and law students; promoting equal justice and opportunities for all Hispanics; and promoting the appointment of Hispanics to leadership positions in federal, state, and local governments, in the judiciary, and in other leadership positions. For more information, please visit http://www.hbadc.org.

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