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December 9, 2010

Statement by HACU President and CEO on the passage of the DREAM Act by the U.S. House of Representatives

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) strongly applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for its passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act). As an association of higher education, we join undocumented students who are eligible to benefit from the DREAM Act in commending the House on this historic vote and the bipartisan support that secured its passage.

HACU praises House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her leadership and support for the DREAM Act. The Obama Administration has also supported the legislation since its introduction in the 111th Congress. The passage of the DREAM Act will enable deserving and hard-working young people who meet stringent criteria, including either attending college or joining the military, to be granted conditional status before they are able to apply for citizenship.

-HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores-

HACU and the DREAM Act
HACU has been a tireless advocate for the passage of the DREAM Act. HACU has led efforts with more than 25 national organizations in the formation of the Act on the DREAM Coalition, which has mobilized higher education associations and other supporters to advocate nationally for the DREAM Act.

About HACU
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) was established in 1986 with a founding membership of 18 institutions. Today, HACU represents over 400 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and Portugal. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). More information is available at HACU will celebrate its 25th Anniversary when it hosts its annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, October 29-31, 2011.