Statement From Harlem Rep. Espaillat in Recognition of Immigrant Heritage Month

Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat released the following statement in recognition of Immigrant Heritage Month.

“June is Immigrant Heritage Month and during this time, we recognize and reflect on the numerous contributions that immigrants have made – and continue to make – in communities around our nation, and reaffirm our commitment to ensuring immigrant rights and protections today and for future generations,” said Rep. Espaillat.

“Having come to this country with my family at the age of nine, beckoned by the promise of freedom and opportunity, I understand firsthand the hopes and challenges immigrants face. Immigrants are woven into the fabric of this nation and are the crux of what makes this country great. I vow to continue to use my voice to champion immigrants and refugees who are looking for better lives for themselves and their families.

“As an immigrant and the first Dominican-American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, I am committed to upholding the core American value of inclusion, and will ensure that immigrants can continue to look to America as a beacon of hope and opportunity and that our nation will continue to welcome them with open arms.”

Representative Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the northwest Bronx.

First elected to Congress in 2016, Representative Espaillat is serving his third term in Congress. Representative Espaillat currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities.

He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves as the Second Vice-Chair and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, where he serves as Deputy Whip.

Representative Espaillat also currently serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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