June 15, 2012

Member Advisory

HACU Praises the Obama Administration for Immigration Relief for Undocumented Youth

HACU applauds Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and the Obama Administration for directing that certain qualifying young people, brought to the United States as minors, be considered for relief from removal or from entering into removal proceedings. They will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, renewable for an additional two years and apply for work authorization. The Administration noted that it is not granting amnesty nor providing a path to citizenship. The administration’s decision will impact as many as 800,000 immigrants.

“HACU strongly supports and applauds the Obama Administration’s decision today to provide immigration relief to our young people,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “Immigration is a vital issue to HACU’s membership and the decision the administration and Secretary Napolitano issued today is an important step in the right direction. HACU will continue to work hard on this issue until a just and fair comprehensive immigration reform, including DREAM Act provisions, is passed.”

“HACU created the Act on the DREAM Coalition in 2010 to urge passage of the DREAM Act and allow qualified young people the chance to make their contribution to the American dream. We are encouraged by the leadership the administration has shown today,” said Flores.