September 21, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in recognition of September as National Hispanic Heritage Month:

“September is Hispanic Heritage Month and I’m proud to honor the history, culture and achievements of our Latino communities,” said Rep. Espaillat.  “From contributing to the arts and sciences, to protecting our freedoms by bravely serving in our Armed Forces, to starting millions of small businesses, our Latino communities have played an important role in shaping our nation. 

“Yet, we cannot forget the challenges that lie before us and must continue our work to expand opportunities for Latino communities across the country, including access to quality and affordable health care, education, better paying jobs, and more.

“During a time when immigrant communities are under attack by the Trump Administration, this is also a time to recommit our work to repairing our broken immigration system and protecting the more than 800,000 bright, young DREAMers against President Trump’s immoral decision to end the DACA program.  Trump’s decision to undercut the stability, hope and opportunity that the DACA program offered to millions of young people strikes at the core of our shared American values, and we cannot turn our backs on these youth people during this most critical time in our history and pivotal moment in their lives.

“This Hispanic Heritage Month join me to reflect upon the incredible role our Latino communities have held in the past and the work that remains to ensure a stronger, better future.”

Watch Rep. Espaillat’s video statement recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month.

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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