Congressional Hispanic Caucus Members Introduce Bicameral Resolution Recognizing Contributions of Immigrants
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Members Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the highest-ranking Latino in the U.S. Congress, and Rep. Ritchie Torres (NY-15) have introduced a bicameral resolution recognizing the month of June as Immigrant Heritage Month. Following the introduction, CHC Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) released the subsequent statement:
“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) commemorates our nation’s immigrant roots,” said Chair Dr. Ruiz. “I thank Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Congressman Ritchie Torres (NY-15) for introducing a bicameral resolution recognizing the month of June as Immigrant Heritage Month to honor the countless contributions immigrants have made to our country. Immigrants have helped build our nation, created jobs, and worked in high-risk essential jobs that have fed us and kept us safe during the pandemic. Supporting immigrant communities means supporting economic growth and productivity for our nation. The CHC will continue to align our nation’s policies with our cherished heritage to build a stronger country for all.”
“As the proud son of Cuban refugees, I am proud to be leading my colleagues alongside Rep. Ritchie Torres in celebrating immigrant families – our heritage, our many sacrifices, and our countless contributions to our nation this month and every month of the year,” said Sen. Menendez. “This fact has never been truer than during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, when immigrants put their lives on the line to keep our country going in the midst of this once in a generation crisis. More than ever, immigrants deserve our country’s collective gratitude, and this resolution is a first step in recognizing their invaluable contributions to the United States.”
“Immigrant Heritage Month is about honoring the traditions and cultures that make up the fabric of our nation. I am proud to represent one of the most diverse districts in the country, home to immigrants from all over the world. As a nation of immigrants, we celebrate the contributions and successes that have shaped American culture and strengthened our economy,” said Rep. Torres. I am pleased to work with Senator Menendez to recognize June as a time to acknowledge the strength of our immigrant communities and send the message that the United States will always welcome immigrants from across the globe.”
The bicameral resolution celebrates the countless contributions by immigrants for a healthier, safer, more diverse, prosperous country, and acknowledges their importance to the future successes of America. It also recognizes immigrants who have spent more than a year putting their own lives on the line and that of their loved ones to save lives every day and keep our country going during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joining Sen. Menendez in cosponsoring the Senate resolution were Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).
Joining Rep. Ritchie Torres in cosponsoring the House resolution were Reps. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.-44), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.-09), Veronica Escobar (D-Texas-16), Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.-13), Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.-07), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.-12), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.-02), Grace Meng (D-N.Y.-06), Joe Neguse (D-Colo.-02), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.-40), Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.-36), Michael San Nicolas (D-Guam At-Large), Juan Vargas (D-Calif.-51), and Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.-38).
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.