Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz statement on Hispanic Heritage Month


Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month – a time to celebrate and honor the achievements of the Hispanic community.

Hispanic heritage is a fundamental part of the American story. All of our histories are intertwined – from the beginnings of our nation to today, generations of Latinos have contributed to our country’s success, bringing pieces of their culture, traditions, art, and language along the way.

As a Floridian, this is a familiar history, one that has helped make my district and the entire state such a remarkable place to live, work and play.

Now, more than ever, it is important that we celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture and recognize those whose hard work continues to strengthen our nation.

The time is now for us to combat stereotypes and insults with uplifting stories of success. The time is now for us to promote learning and inclusion, and stand up against bigotry.

Most of all, this is a time to say that the Hispanic community is ourcommunity, and that we are proud to welcome Hispanics from all across the world. From Venezuelans rejecting the Maduro regime’s horrific corruption, to Salvadorans fleeing the violence that has become far too commonplace there, we say loudly, and proudly:

We welcome you.

America always has, and always will be, a land of immigrants who go on to enrich their new home and become dedicated veterans and soldiers, brilliant students, passionate activists and tireless workers.

That is why I will continue to be a vocal leader for policies that benefit the Hispanic community: quality, affordable health care; strong public schools and affordable higher education; and comprehensive immigration reform that protects workers and keeps families together.

I will always fight for these issues because they are the cornerstones of making the American dream real for every family and person in our nation.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!