5:32 pm - Saturday September 23, 2017

Hispanic Caucus Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Chairman Charles Gonzalez (TX-20): “Even though all Americans do not share a common heritage, we share a common dream and therefore we are bound by a common destiny. During Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor the incredible contributions that Hispanics have made throughout our history and recognize the promise the Hispanic community holds for our country’s future. While we celebrate our unique and rich heritage, the Hispanic community derives its inspiration from being an indivisible and indispensible part of this great country.”

Rep. Jose Serrano (NY-16): “Each year, our nation takes a month to recognize our vibrant and growing Hispanic community, and to salute the contributions that we have made to this country. As Latinos continue to take a more prominent role in the national conversation, it’s important to take the time to remember where we came from and what brought us to where we are today. I look forward to a month of activities that highlight the best of the Hispanic American community.”

Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-31), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus: “When I look at my own family and the aspirations of my parents, my own hopes and the dreams of my children, I touch and feel the story of not just millions of America’s Latinos but of all hardworking families. And that’s why I believe in rebuilding America’s middle class, opening the door to a college education to all children, and finally passing common sense, comprehensive immigration reform. Latinos have always been a part of the American experience, and they will continue to play a significant role in shaping this great nation’s future. This month, I encourage you to learn more about American Latinos and their contributions toward making us ‘a more perfect union.’ Although Latinos have come a long way, our story is not over. In fact, it’s just begun.”

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34): “This month we celebrate the many contributions of Hispanic American teachers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, community leaders and small business owners across our nation. Latinos are leading the way—from serving in our armed forces, to legislating at the local, state and federal levels. By taking the time to recognize the many achievements of our community, we can inspire the next generation of Latinos to step up and lead.”

Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-12): “Whether it is corporate board rooms, as entrepreneurs, in the halls of Congress, the ballot booth or on the Supreme Court, Latinos have arrived as a force in American society. This month we pay tribute to those who came before us and upon whose shoulders we have stood in this uniquely American journey.”

Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15): “Throughout its history the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has dedicated its purpose to address national and international issues that affect and impact the Hispanic community. As the 1st Vice Chair for the CHC and the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, I am particularly proud of the great strides that have been made for young Latinas and Latinos who are now enrolling in colleges across our nation in higher numbers than ever before. During National Hispanic Heritage Month I want to say that I along with many of my colleagues remain committed to making immigration reform a law and we remain committed to helping our DREAM Act students become U.S. Citizens. We must all continue to support one another, and we must continue to create more opportunities for our Latino leaders of the future.”

Rep. Jim Costa (CA-20): “The Hispanic community continues to strengthen the fabric of our nation and make it ever more vibrant,” said Rep. Jim Costa. “Our country is stronger and our future brighter from the contributions of Hispanics in business, government, the arts, education, and beyond. We do not all share the same roots, but we share the same commitment to giving the next generation a meaningful shot at the American Dream.”

Rep. Ben Ray Luján (NM-03): “Hispanic Heritage Month represents an opportunity to reflect on the enduring contributions of a community that has strengthened the fabric of a nation whose diversity is a source of strength and pride. As one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States, Hispanics have increasingly played a vital role in our country as businessmen and women, members of the armed forces, teachers, and first responders. This month, as we recognize the impact of the Hispanic community and the rich culture, traditions, and values that have influenced our nation, let us continue our efforts to live up to the hopes and aspirations of a community whose influence on our nation runs deep.”

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