WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement today in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15:
“Each year, Americans join together during National Hispanic Heritage Month in celebration of the countless positive contributions of the Latino community throughout the history of our great nation.
“Whether it’s the veteran who has fought on our front lines, the construction worker who helped to build our home, the doctor who cares for the ill, or the small business owner who provides goods and services to the community, Latinos have helped build our nation from the ground up and continue to be an integral part of the fabric of this nation.
“In the past year, our nation has taken a step forward in trying to repair our immigration system and lay the groundwork for a prosperous future. We cannot afford to lose the momentum we’ve gained, nor can working immigrant families, Latino or otherwise, afford to continue to live in uncertainty. Every day that our country doesn’t act on immigration reform hinders our efforts to pursue enhanced innovation, greater job creation, faster economic recovery, and more secure communities.
“As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, let us look back to honor the invaluable contributions of the Latino community as well as look forward to working to keep the American dream in reach for all those who seek it. Our nation was built upon the strong values and democratic principles of our ancestors from all walks of life. Our vibrant ethnic diversity is a large part of what makes the United States of America the greatest nation in the world.”