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September 15, 2017

Aguilar Calls for Action During Hispanic Heritage Month

Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar made the following statement to commemorate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated each year from the 15th of September until the 15th of October:

“This year, as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and are reminded of the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to our country, we are also reminded that there is still work to be done. For generations, Hispanic Americans have played a crucial role in shaping the history, culture and political conscious of this nation, and this month reminds us that we must continue to work toward full equality. The reality is that we have a president who threatens to deport Dreamers, pushes a government shutdown to build a wall on our southern border and disparages immigrants at every turn. We must raise our voices to speak out on behalf of Latino families that could be torn apart by the actions of this administration.”

As the Whip of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. Aguilar has been a vocal leader on issues affecting the Hispanic community, such as health care and immigration reform. He is also a cosponsor of the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017, legislation that would establish a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program