November 20, 2014
For Immediate Release
Statement from HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores on Administrative Relief
San Antonio, TX – The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ (HACU) President and CEO Antonio R. Flores has issued the following statement on Administrative Relief.
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) applauds President Obama’s announcement of extending administrative relief to undocumented families with children that are U.S. citizens and others who have been in the country for many years. These families contribute to the economic prosperity of the nation and need to remain united for the good of their children and of society as a whole. Although this is only a temporary measure, limited to less-than-half of the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants across the country, we hope it encourages members of Congress to work expeditiously on the passage of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) legislation, which is the real solution to fixing our broken immigration system.
HACU and numerous other national and local organizations have been advocating for immigration reform since 2001. After more than 13 years of failing to pass CIR, this executive action by the President points the way for Congress and the Administration to work together on behalf of the national interest without further delay. Breaking up families through deportation only creates anguish and untold suffering that no one should have to endure. It also harms the communities where they live, because when parents and their children are pulled apart, the social and economic consequences impact everyone around them.
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) represents more than 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain. For more information, visit www.hacu.net. More information is available at www.hacu.net.
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