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November 26, 2018 T: 202-930-6805
HNBA President: Congress Must Protect Human Rights and U.S. Legal Asylum Process
WASHINGTON, DC -- The President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Jennifer Salinas, issued the statement below in response to U.S. Customs and Border Protection closing the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Sunday and firing tear gas on civilians, including children, at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“The Administration has escalated its actions and rhetoric aimed at undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers, using dehumanizing language to describe Central and South American migrants seeking refuge in the United States,” said HNBA President Jennifer Salinas. “We continue to urge this Administration to ensure that migrants and asylum seekers are treated with dignity and fairness within the established legal framework.”
“Our nation has always stood as a refuge from those who have nowhere to turn. We must uphold the ideals of our nation and afford all of those who would seek asylum the due process that was created by our Congress. Our elected representatives must not demonize those fleeing violence or political persecution in their home countries.”
“We call on the current and incoming leaders in Congress to do everything in their power to serve as a check and push back against this Administration’s inhumane treatment of asylum seekers and its attempt to curtail the legal right to asylum. We applaud the human and civil rights organizations leading an affirmative defense of this right in the court system, and urge everyday Americans to make their voices heard on this issue.”
About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community. While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow. For more information, please visit www.hnba.com.