WASHINGTON, June 19, 2020 – The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) issued a statement following the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California):
“HACR commends the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold DACA and protect the program beneficiaries,” said Cid Wilson, president and CEO of HACR. “This ruling is not only the right decision for DREAMers, who have done nothing wrong other than make positive contributions to our country, but it also aligns with our mission to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America, which encompasses DREAMers. This ruling provides nearly 800,000 young residents of the U.S. with the freedom to build personal and professional lives without fear of deportation.”
‘Over the last three years, some companies have hesitated to hire candidates who are DACA recipients because of the uncertainty surrounding the program’s status. This decision removes those barriers and allows DREAMers to pursue corporate careers with confidence. We thank those companies who issued statements of support for the DACA program and call for all companies to increase their hirings of DACA recipients,’ concluded Wilson.
While this is a major win for the continuation of the DACA program, the protection is temporary. We maintain the need for a lasting solution for DREAMers, who are susceptible to the shortcomings of a broken immigration system through no fault of their own. We will continue to advocate for their permanent legal protection and a pathway to full American citizenship through measures such as the DREAM Act.
This decision comes on the heels of the Supreme Court’s landmark legislation to provide federal protections against workplace discrimination for LGBTQ+ employees. We applaud this defense of civil rights for workers of all sexual orientations and gender identities and celebrate with the LGBTQ+ members of our Hispanic community.
Now is the time to insist upon diversity and inclusion in Corporate America. These rulings and their intersection are stepping stones to a workforce representative of the population it serves, and HACR stands in celebration with DREAMers and the LGBTQ+ community.”
Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is the nation’s leading corporate advocacy organization representing 14 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Its mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America in the areas of Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance. Through our corporate leadership advancement programs, Symposium best practice conferences, research initiatives, and public communications, HACR is illuminating The Power of Hispanic Inclusion™ throughout Corporate America.