Congressman Pete Aguilar

Representing the 31st District of California

What Hispanic Heritage Means to Me

October 2, 2018
In The News

What makes our country unique is that our shared identity isn’t based on ethnicity or a common genealogy. It’s not based on thousands of years of collective history or even on our geography. It’s based on a set of principles— ideas that Americans share which shape our focus as a people. One of those is the idea that this is a country where anybody can be anything. A country where families can find safety from persecution and a clear path to success. A country where we are not divided by our race but instead see our diversity as a strength.

That’s what Hispanic Heritage Month is all about.

This month, from September 15th until October 15th, is about recognizing one aspect of our identity as a nation. It’s about recognizing a group of Americans who have contributed in countless ways to our shared culture and identity. The Latino community is a unique portion of our population but has led on so many important issues.