Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins Sunday:
"During Hispanic Heritage Month, we come together to celebrate the rich histories, diverse cultures, and countless contributions of the 50 million Hispanic Americans living across the country. With a firm commitment to family, faith, and hard work, our Hispanic community has spent generations fortifying the foundations of our nation's strength.
"Hispanic Americans are invaluable leaders in our communities -- as public servants and first responders, as entrepreneurs and educators, as steadfast patriots who fight on the frontlines to protect and defend the country they love. Thousands are young DREAMers, hoping to build a future in the only home they've ever known. They represent a long line of immigrants and newcomers who bring their hopes and aspirations to our shores, who strengthen our society and our economy, and who, in every generation, make America more American.
"To honor the spirit and achievements of the Hispanic community, to uphold the highest values of our nation, Congress must pass comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders, protects our workers, unites our families, and provides an earned pathway to citizenship. In this Hispanic Heritage Month, the time is now to make the American Dream a reality for every immigrant and for every family.
"¡Felicidades y muchas gracias -- que Dios los bendiga!"