"Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to honor and celebrate the extraordinary contributions of Hispanic Americans to our nation.
"The values of Latinos -- faith, family, and love of country -- are American values. America is strengthened by the hard work and leadership of the Hispanic community. While the most visible influence of Latinos is found in our culture -- including music, sports, film, and food -- Hispanic Americans are also a driving force in business, science, education, and politics.
"Celebrating the Hispanic community for one month a year is not enough. All Latinos deserve a real opportunity to achieve the American Dream, whether they have been here for generations or just arrived to our shores. That's why I am proud to partner with my Democratic colleagues to promote the New Direction agenda that builds opportunity for all Americans, including millions of Latino families.
"Over the next 30 days, as we recall the countless contributions of Latinos throughout our history, we also remember that our nation has only become greater as it has grown more diverse and tolerant. With every new generation of Latino leaders, America is enriched, and for that, we say 'gracias' to America's Hispanic community."
SOURCE: Office of the Speaker of the House
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