Velázquez on Hispanic Heritage Month
Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement today recognizing the start of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month:
“Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to honor the history, culture and achievements of our Latino communities. From starting millions of small businesses, to protecting our freedoms by bravely serving in our Armed Forces, Hispanic Americans touch, shape and contribute to every segment of American life.
“While this month provides opportunity to celebrate our progress, it is also when we recommit ourselves to the struggle for justice – and to protecting the gains we have achieved. President Trump and the current Administration have promoted policies aimed at vilifying recent immigrants and Latinos. This rhetoric and these actions are an affront to our American values and we reject them. In that regard, it is imperative that Congress swiftly come together to protect the 800,000 bright young DREAMers who are American in every way except on paper.
“This Hispanic Heritage Month let us reflect on the positive role our Latino communities have played in our history, while working together for a better future.”