"One Endless Voice to Enhance our Traditions" is the theme for this year
"America is winning again and Hispanic-owned businesses are leading the way," Trump said Monday after hearing from two Latino owners of restaurant chains.
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza attended with dozens of business, faith, community and local elected leaders gathered at the East Room.
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
The announcement was made during the Council’s March monthly meeting. NCHEPM members, associates, and partners from various federal agencies and affinity groups, including the general public, selected the theme through a voting process, which started in February 2018 with than 10 theme submissions.
Aissha Hernandez-Ramos from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in San Juan, Puerto Rico submitted the winning theme, stating: “Although Hispanics share so much, we do also have very unique characteristics; and that, enhances us as a group.
Our traditions will always be part of who we are. As our history shapes our character; culture defines our beauty; and traditions will enhance our future. History, culture and traditions define us; and we maintain alive because of that. We will keep talking to the world, we will let them know we are here, with our history and culture, as we will keep raising our voice with all we are: a legacy of traditions.”
The chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, New Mexico Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham, sent a letter last week to Trump rejecting his invitation to the event because she considers his policies harmful to the Hispanic community.
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