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Jun 18, 2024

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Applauds President Biden’s Order Extending Work Permits and Expanding DACA

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, in response to President Joe Biden's executive order on immigration, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) released the following statement:

“Tonight, over half a million mixed-status families will sleep at ease knowing that, finally, they have a clear pathway to an immigration status adjustment and citizenship without the hardship of family separation.

“Furthermore, many DACA recipients and young DREAMers now have their hard work and academic achievement rewarded in this country, the only home they know, with a status that will open up paths to citizenship in the future. This same process will allow people who studied in the United States to keep contributing to our Nation and the economy.

“This is truly transformative, a crucial leap forward, and a life-changing relief for many families and members of our communities all across the country. We applaud President Biden for taking this bold step and we will forever credit his leadership in keeping our communities together and closer to achieving the American dream.

“We wholeheartedly agree with and support President Biden in prioritizing keeping families together and in giving our emerging and established workforce the tools they need to keep the United States the strongest, most innovative and plural economy in the world.

“Executive orders like today’s have truly transformative powers, but their scope is still limited to our current outdated law. Once more, we call on Congress to deliver comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and other essential workers.”

The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) is the premier national association of Hispanic state legislators working to design and implement policies and procedures that will improve the quality of life for Hispanics throughout the country. NHCSL was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to be the most effective voice for the more than 450 Hispanic legislators. For more information visit www.nhcsl.org.