Washington, DC – The Democratic National Committee released the following statements today marking National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins tomorrow.
Statement from DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
“Throughout this month, we are proud to recognize not only the many Hispanic-Americans who have left an indelible mark on our nation’s history, but also those who continue to make important contributions each and every day, as well as future generations who will play a vital role in shaping the direction we take as a country. America is forever stronger – and our culture, society and identity are forever richer – because of the contributions Hispanic-Americans have made to enrich this country.
“President Obama understands that Hispanic-Americans across the country work hard every single day to provide for their families and their communities. That’s why he has been committed from day one to ensuring an economy built to last – one where every American has an opportunity to be part of the middle class, everyone does their fair share, and we all play by the same rules. We see that commitment in the President’s successful efforts to put more capital into the hands of Hispanic-owned businesses; in making quality, affordable health care a reality for millions of Hispanic-Americans; in his commitment to passing comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act; and in doubling Pell Grant funding and making college more affordable, so that we are offering young Hispanic-Americans a brighter future and harnessing their incredible talent as part of a dynamic American workforce built for the 21st century economy.
“As we begin National Hispanic Heritage Month, let us remember how far we’ve come together – and recommit ourselves to continuing to build a nation where every single individual has a fair shot at the American Dream.”
Statement from DNC Vice Chair Linda Chavez-Thompson:
“Throughout the history of this country, the Hispanic story has been the American story. We are a nation where individuals from all over the world have come in search of a better life and a chance to achieve their dreams. We know that from the very beginning, Hispanic-Americans have been a vibrant and critical thread in the American tapestry – and they continue to serve as the embodiment of the American Dream. That is exactly why our community stands proudly behind President Obama, who has already helped to ensure that our immigration system is fairer, more efficient and more just, and who is working day in and day out to move this country forward for all Americans – not just a lucky few. And Hispanic-Americans can be certain that the President will continue to fight for all of us in a second term.”
Statement from DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair Iris Y. Martinez:
“National Hispanic Heritage Month has always been about recognizing our community’s contributions to America and understanding our past – but it’s also about our future. And the future of millions of Hispanic-Americans across the country is exactly what’s on the line in this election. The choice we face in November could not possibly be clearer. Our community can keep moving forward with President Obama, who has fought each and every day to ensure that Hispanic-Americans and all Americans are able to go as far as their hard work, talents and drive will take them. Or we can fall behind under Mitt Romney, who is on the wrong side of every single issue that matters to Hispanic-Americans. Romney hasn’t stood up to the most ideologically extreme elements of his party – he’s embraced them, and he’s done so at the expense of our families and our future. That is what’s at stake for Hispanic Americans on Election Day, and that’s why each and every one of us must do our part to make our voices heard.”