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The president of United States, Joe Biden, underscored the profound impact that Latinos can have on the future of the United States during the White House celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
“It is not a joke, 26% of the children who are in school today speak Spanish, The 26 %. We had great waves of immigration before, but the thing is that you have enormous opportunities to make this country much better, “said the president in a speech.
Biden affirmed during the celebration of the Hispanic Heritage Month that “Hispanic history is American history” and that it resides both in the dreams of those who have just arrived in the US and in the legacy of families who have lived in the country for generations.
“We are a nation of immigrants”, the president pointed out.
Biden reiterated his commitment to fix the immigration system offering a pathway to citizenships for “dreamers” as well as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, farmworkers, and essentials.
The president recalled that two days after the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers died last May, visited that town and had the opportunity to see the families of the victimsin addition to attending a mass in a Catholic church.
Just as they were leaving the temple, one of the victims’ grandmothers approached him and gave him a piece of paper asking him to “eliminate the invisible line” that divides the United States. In that sense, Biden assured that “together” they will erase it.
“We have to do it,” he remarked. “USA. it is about how we choose to see each other”, shared. At another point in his address, he advocated treating one another with dignity and respect.
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated between September 15 and October 15 in the US. and its creation dates back to 1968, when Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson established that celebration to commemorate the US’s Latino roots.
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