November 4, 2017
IN LIGHT OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS’ MEETING WITH PRESIDENT, LATINO LEADERS PUSH FURTHER FOR DREAM ACT BY END OF YEAR
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 45 of the nation’s preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, is urging members of Congress move forward with a clean DREAM Act before the end of 2017, despite the recent discussions held between Republican Senators and President Trump. The meeting resulted in an agreement that protection for DACA recipients would not be included in the end-of-the-year spending bill.
“The outcome of the recent meeting between Republican Senators and President Trump is exemplary of the anti-immigrant actions and rhetoric that are prominent at this time. It is unacceptable for members of Congress to leave in 2017 without a humane solution for the DACA recipients that lack the protection they need to continue living their lives in the United States, their home. If our elected officials are serious about not using DACA recipients as a political tool, they will pass a clean Dream Act now,” said Hector Sanchez Barba, Chair of NHLA and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.
"Overwhelming majorities nationwide support relief for immigrant youth. Failure to enact the DREAM Act in time -- by the end of 2017 -- is an act of political recklessness that appeals solely to a narrow and extreme fringe of the nation's polity," said Thomas A. Saenz, NHLA Vice Chair and MALDEF President and General Counsel.
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The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda is composed of 45 of the leading national and regional Latino civil rights and public policy organizations and other elected officials, and prominent Latinos Americans. NHLA coalition members represent the diversity of the Latino community – Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and other Latino Americans. NHLA’s mission calls for unity among Latinos around the country to provide the Latino community with greater visibility and a clearer, stronger influence in our country’s affairs. NHLA brings together Latino leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of, the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole. For more information, please visit: www.nationalhispanicleadership.org.
NHLA MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
Alianza Americas | American G.I. Forum | ASPIRA Association | Avance Inc. | Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network | Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute | Farmworker Justice | GreenLatinos | Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities | Hispanic Federation | Hispanic National Bar Association | Inter-University Program for Latino Research | Labor Council for Latin American Advancement | LatinoJustice PRLDEF | League of United Latin American Citizens | MANA, A National Latina Organization | Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund | Mi Familia Vota | National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures | National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives | National Association of Hispanic Publications | National Day Laborer Organizing Network | NALEO Educational Fund | National Association of Latino Independent Producers | National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. | National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators | National Hispanic Council on Aging | National Hispanic Environmental Council | National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts | National Hispanic Media Coalition | National Hispanic Medical Association | National Institute for Latino Policy | National Latina/o Psychological Association | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health | Presente.org | SER Jobs for Progress National | Southwest Voter Registration Education Project | UnidosUS | United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce | United States Hispanic Leadership Institute | United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce | U.S.- Mexico Foundation | Voto Latino