The Hispanic National Bar Association honored its past president Ramona Romero, Vice President and General Counsel of Princeton University, with the 2020 HNBA President’s Award.
Ramona was part of the team at Princeton that worked on a lawsuit filed in November of 2017 by Princeton, Microsoft and Princeton graduate Maria Perales Sanchez, to challenge the federal government’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the program that protects 700,000+ immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation. The lawsuit went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, culminating in the landmark decision on June 18, 2020 that blocked the government’s attempt to end the DACA program.
The HNBA honors Ramona, and our nation’s Dreamers are forever indebted to Ramona, for her instrumental work this year in helping to save DACA. While Dreamers’ futures still depend on legislation that gives them a clear path to citizenship, the litigation that Princeton’s legal team spearheaded under Ramona’s leadership changed the landscape for the better.https://mailchi.mp/hnba/hnbavia-ccc-ac2020-ramona-romero-to-receive-the-2020-hnba-presidents-award?e=3330e59ef8