DPNM Hispanic Caucus Co-Coordinator Ben Salazar released the following statement regarding the start of Hispanic Heritage Month:
“In celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, it is important to recognize that the Hispanic community has done so much to make the United States of America the exceptional nation that it is today. We have made groundbreaking discoveries and innovations in science and technology. We have put forth new ideas in art, music, and cuisine. We have created new products and jobs as entrepreneurs and business-owners, and have led our communities by advocating for their civil rights. We have fought and are fighting today to protect our way of life and to promote our interests and ideals abroad.
“Yet we must recognize that our community faces distinct challenges. Now more than ever, the Hispanic community must stand united, along with our allies, to prevent the Trump administration from enacting their many racist and xenophobic policies.
“During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate our community’s countless contributions, but not necessarily as something new. The American story is incomplete without the vibrant and enduring history of the Hispanic community.”