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Congressman Ruben Gallego's Message for Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2015

Hello, I’m Congressman Ruben Gallego.

Each year from September 15th to October 15th, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. 

We honor the history, culture and contributions of the Latino community to the United States. 

Like all Americans, Latino families work hard in pursuit of the American Dream. 

Latino families aspire to own a home, save for their children’s higher education, and put aside enough money for a secure retirement. 

In 2014, the Latino population in the United States reached an all-time high of 55.4 million, and the community continues to grow. 

Latinos have greatly added to the richness and diversity of our country. 

Latinos serve in our armed forces, make technological discoveries, start small businesses, compose music and make delicious food. 

Take for instance Silvestre Santana Herrera who served during WWII and received the Medal of Honor in 1945 for his actions that lead to the capture of 8 enemy soldiers.

Silvestre was born in Mexico, but he proudly fought for his adopted country and for the freedoms his American wife and children enjoyed. 

Silvestre embodied the spirit of hard-work, loyalty, valor and perseverance of Latinos in America. 

As we celebrate this month we can’t forget that we still need comprehensive immigration reform that will fix our broken system and allow millions of aspiring Americans to come out of the shadows. 

We still need to raise the minimum wage so that no one who works hard struggles to make ends meet, and we must ensure access to affordable higher education for our children. 

This month, join me in celebrating the heritage, culture, and contributions of the Latino community to our country. 

I will continue to fight for comprehensive immigration reform, for economic and education policies that provide access to better opportunities and financial security for our loved ones.