Washington, DC – Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)- the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers- released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s Executive Action announcement on immigration. The statement reads as follows:
“On behalf of NHCOA– the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers– we are heartened and encouraged by President Obama’s three-point executive action plan that supports our economy, our national security, and millions of hardworking immigrant families and workers, which include Latino seniors.
“While these actions are positive steps, it is only a temporary solution as an estimated 6 million people will not be covered under President Obama’s short-term fix. Therefore, as we applaud President Obama’s actions, we now look to Congress to get the job done. We urge the House of Representatives to act on, and pass, the U.S. Senate bipartisan bill swiftly and decisively.
“We also issue a word of caution to those who would benefit from President Obama’s executive action. This announcement will most likely bring forth a flurry of scam artists who will want to take advantage of this situation to rob innocent people of their time and money. Our community is disproportionately affected by different types of fraud, which is why we ask you to spread the word and protect yourself by getting informed.”