PoliticsBiden proclaims Hispanic Heritage Month: "I call to celebrate"

    Biden proclaims Hispanic Heritage Month: “I call to celebrate”

    With a call to “celebrate”, President Joe Biden proclaimed this Wednesday Hispanic Heritage Monthwhich begins on September 15 and ends on October 15.

    Hispanic heritage holds an indelible place in the heart and soul of our nation“, begins the message of the president’s proclamation. “From the beginning, our country has drawn strength and insight from Hispanic writers, scientists, soldiers, doctors, businessmen, academics, and labor and government leaders.”

    The president indicates that this month of celebrations seeks to reaffirm “diversity” as one of the country’s greatest strengths, in the midst of a growing scenario with messages of hate towards immigrants.

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    He highlighted some advances of his Administration in favor of this population.

    “Since we took office, we have provided billions of dollars in loans, including to Hispanic-owned small businesses, and we are working to increase the proportion of government contracts by 50 percent,” he said.

    He added that post-secondary degrees have been helped by providing more than $10 billion to community colleges and approximately $11 billion to Hispanic-serving institutions.

    He highlighted student debt forgiveness, which would benefit those with a remaining balance of up to $20,000.

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    “This action will have a significant impact on Hispanic borrowers,” he said.

    He noted that rental assistance for families has been strengthened and community health centers have been strengthened.

    “Our American Rescue Plan extended the Child Tax Credit for 2021,” he said, highlighting Latino families as one of the beneficiaries.

    He recognized the importance of protecting immigrants and mentioned the ‘dreamers’, in addition to keeping the torch of immigration in the US “lit”.

    “That means continuing to support a path to citizenship for those with Temporary Protected Status, as well as farmworkers and other essential workers,” he said. “It means keeping the torch of freedom alive that has brought generations of immigrants to this land in search of new opportunities and a better future.”

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    He made special mention of the Latino officials he has assigned, such as the secretaries of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra; National Security, Alexander Mayorcasand that of Education, Michael Cardonaas well as the Small Business Administrator, Isabel Guzman.

    “I call on all Americans to celebrate this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities and programs,” Biden said in the statement.

    Source: La Opinion

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