Harlem Rep. Adriano Espaillat Recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

Congressman Adriano Espaillat issued the following statement in recognition of September as National Hispanic Heritage Month:

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“September is Hispanic Heritage Month and I’m proud to honor the history, culture and achievements of our Latino communities,” said Rep. Espaillat. “From contributing to the arts and sciences, to protecting our freedoms by bravely serving in our Armed Forces, to starting millions of small businesses, our Latino communities have played an important role in shaping our nation.

“Yet, we cannot forget the challenges that lie before us and must continue our work to expand opportunities for Latino communities across the country, including access to quality and affordable health care, education, better paying jobs, and more.

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“During a time when immigrant communities are under attack by the Trump Administration, this is also a time to recommit our work to repairing our broken immigration system and protecting the more than 800,000 bright, young DREAMers against President Trump’s immoral decision to end the DACA program. Trump’s decision to undercut the stability, hope and opportunity that the DACA program offered to millions of young people strikes at the core of our shared American values, and we cannot turn our backs on these youth people during this most critical time in our history and pivotal moment in their lives.

“This Hispanic Heritage Month join me to reflect upon the incredible role our Latino communities have held in the past and the work that remains to ensure a stronger, better future.”

Watch Rep. Espaillat’s video statement recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month.

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