Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress and a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), released the following video in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sqILVbNEq4.
Below is a copy of Rep. Roybal-Allard’s statement:
“Hello, I’m Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. Each year, from September 15th to October 15th, we gather as a nation to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting the many contributions our Latino communities have made to our country. These include enriching our arts and sciences, defending our country by bravely serving in our Armed Forces, creating millions of small businesses and jobs through our entrepreneurial spirit, and serving our communities as teachers, doctors, nurses, and law enforcement officers. These and many more contributions are cause for celebration, not only by Latinos, but by all Americans.
“Unfortunately, the full potential of Latinos to contribute to our nation is hampered by America’s broken immigration system. That is why we must never give up our fight to pass a fair and comprehensive immigration bill.
“In the meantime, I am pleased that President Obama has taken some very positive steps. In 2012, the president used his executive authority to address weaknesses in our immigration system by initiating DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This order has helped over 728,000 DREAMers to live without the fear of deportation.
“In 2014, the president worked to expand DACA, and to initiate DAPA, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. Disappointingly, the Supreme Court failed to clarify if DAPA and expanded DACA could proceed. Therefore, our fight continues for the millions of hardworking immigrants who contribute to our country while at the same time living in fear of being separated from their loved ones and of never having the opportunity to become a citizen in our country of freedom and hope.
“As we draw closer to the November election, let us also continue fighting to restore the Voting Rights Act. This act protects eligible Latino and minority voters from barriers to voting. As we approach a presidential election in which 14 states have, now, new discriminatory voting laws, we must ensure that no eligible American citizen is denied their right to be heard with their vote. I urge my Republican colleagues to work with congressional Democrats to restore the Voting Rights Act, and to develop legislation that will ensure Latinos and all Americans can fully enjoy America’s freedom and opportunity.
“During this month of celebration, please share your Hispanic Heritage story by using the hashtag #HHM2016.
“¡Gracias y feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana! Thank you, and happy Hispanic Heritage Month!”