Sarbanes Remarks on Hispanic Heritage Month [Video]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the below video message in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
See below for a transcript of the Congressman’s remarks.
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“Greetings! This is Congressman Sarbanes.
“I am delighted to join with you in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. We know that the contributions that the Latinx community makes to our country are enduring.
“The strength of America, of course, is based on its diversity. We lift up every day what Hispanic Americans across the country are doing to make our country stronger, all that it can be.
“We also know that many in the community have been on the front lines during this terrible pandemic. And that there's been a disproportionate impact on many workers who are in those front-line positions. So we have got to do everything we can to make sure the members of the Latinx community are respected in terms of their rights, in terms of their opportunities and the resources that we provide to support the community. I want to thank all of you for stepping up in this difficult moment, helping our country get through this pandemic and get to the other side.
“We also know that we have to protect – lift up – the voting rights, the voice, the democratic opportunities of all Americans including those within the Latinx community. And we've certainly worked with H.R.1, the For the People Act, H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and H.R. 51, that would allow for D.C. statehood. To do that, to make sure the voice of every single American, regardless of their background, their color or the state they live in, has equal opportunity and access to the ballot box and that their voice can be heard.
“Finally, we will continue to push, as strongly as we can, and I've been a fierce advocate in this regard, for a pathway to citizenship. For Dreamers, for TPS holders, for farmworkers and essential workers. That's the true greatness of America, is to embrace those who come to our shores seeking a better life, to provide education and economic opportunity for their families. And we will continue to strive to make that happen for all in our country.
“So again, I join you in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. Thank you again for the wonderful contributions that you are making to our country.”