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June 15, 2012

ABA Says DHS Immigration Policy Gives Young People a Chance to Pursue the American Dream

ABA President Wm. T (Bill) Robinson III

ABA President Wm. T (Bill) Robinson III

The _ applauds the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement today that gives undocumented youth the opportunity to remain in the United States if they meet certain key criteria.  Children born outside the U.S. but raised here feel the same love for their country and optimism towards the future as any other child.  These young people deserve a chance to pursue the American dream.

The announcement provides for deferred action status on a case-by-case basis to young people who entered the U.S. as children, have lived here for at least five years, meet certain education requirements or have been honorably discharged from the military, and do not have a criminal history.  The DHS memorandum extends the administration’s sound prosecutorial discretion policy, which helps to ensure that limited government resources are directed appropriately.

The announcement is consistent with American ideals of fairness and opportunity.  Children should not be punished for the acts of their parents.  For many, this great country is the only home they know.  For the sake of our communities, our economy and our military, we must promote and encourage the minds of young scholars and the selfless heroism of those who have volunteered to protect us.

The ABA will continue to urge Congress to pass the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, which would give deserving young people an opportunity to remain in our country for the longer term and to earn citizenship.  The DREAM Act would give children who were brought here through no fault of their own the opportunity to become fully contributing members of our society.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

Please click here for a biography and photo of Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, president of the _.

Media Contact: Robert Boisseau:  Robert.boisseau@americanbar.org, -1093.

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