For Immediate Release
April 30, 2018
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Brett Schuster, Communications Manager
Bars of Color: Federal District Court’s DACA Decision a Step in the Right Direction
WASHINGTON — The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and the National Bar Association (NBA) released the following statement in response to the recent decision made by the Judge John D. Bates of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia regarding the Trump Administration’s attempt to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Judge Bates stayed his decision for 90 days, granting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the opportunity to provide a well-founded justification for terminating the DACA program. If DHS fails to provide adequate evidence as to why DACA is unlawful, then, according to the ruling, the administration must start renewing and accepting new DACA applications.
HNBA President Erica V. Mason stated: “While this decision provides hope for both current and potential DACA recipients, the fight is not over, Nearly 800,000 DREAMers continue to fear that they will be separated from their families, stripped of their educational opportunities, and sent away from the only home they have ever known. We cannot allow the Department of Justice to harm these young people by forcing them to live in painful uncertainty about their future in the United States. The HNBA stands with DREAMers and demands that the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security work alongside Congress and President Trump to provide DACA applicants a permanent solution that includes a path to citizenship. We cannot wait any longer.”
NAPABA President Pankit J. Doshi said: “The Court’s decision underscores the need for Congress to take swift action and pass a permanent solution for the DREAMers that includes a path to citizenship. We cannot continue to leave the lives of these vulnerable members of the immigrant community in limbo. NAPABA continues to stand in support of the DREAMers.”
NBA President Juan R. Thomas said: “The National Bar Association agrees with the ruling from Judge Bates that this administration's morally bankrupt decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is not based on a valid legal argument -- calling it ‘arbitrary and capricious.’ This administration attempt to end DACA is an insult to the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients who attend school, work hard, build businesses, and buy homes, and will have their lives disrupted because this administration would rather divide America than find common ground. This ruling is a temporary victory for DACA recipients but we need a long term permanent solution. There is overwhelming bipartisan support across America for legislative solutions to protect Dreamers from deportation and to create a pathway to legal status for them. It’s time for Congress to pass and for the President sign comprehensive immigration reform.”
The Hispanic National Bar Association is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 50,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in the United States and its territories. The HNBA is also committed to advocacy on issues of importance to the 58+ million people of Hispanic heritage living in the U.S. From the days of its founding in 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession and society at large. It does so by encouraging diversity in the legal profession, judiciary, and legislature through improved recruitment, retention and promotion of Latinos; by providing educational, professional and economic development opportunities and programs; by strengthening the educational pipeline; by empowering the Latino community through legal, financial, and educational literacy initiatives; and by advocating on issues that affect the community. Through the combination of issue advocacy, programmatic activities, networking events and educational conferences, the HNBA has helped generations succeed.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 50,000 attorneys and over 75 national, state, and local bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA engages in legislative and policy advocacy, promotes APA political leadership and political appointments, and builds coalitions within the legal profession and the community at large. NAPABA also serves as a resource for government agencies, members of Congress, and public service organizations about APAs in the legal profession, civil rights, and diversity in the courts.
Founded in 1925, the National Bar Association is the nation's oldest and largest national network of minority attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 60,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students and has over 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. The organization seeks to advance the science of jurisprudence, preserve the independence of the judiciary and to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession. For additional information about the National Bar Association, visit www.nationalbar.org.