September 14, 2018

Rep. Cárdenas leads Hispanic Heritage Resolution, vows to continue fighting inhumane treatment of immigrant families


Bryan Doyle
(202) 225-6131

Washington, D.C. – In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) has introduced a resolution to celebrate the immense cultural and economic contributions of Latinos. He is joined by 116 Congressional cosponsors.

“We live in a time where people in power try to divide our country with hateful rhetoric,” said Rep. Tony Cárdenas. “Beauty can be found everywhere, and diversity is not something that should be feared; it should be celebrated. Hispanic Americans play a critical role in building American culture and the American economy. By working together, we can continue to build an America that represents all people, not just a choice few.”

The resolution provides a statistical snapshot of the many ways that Hispanic Americans make up the fabric of American culture. As the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the United States, Hispanic Americans represent an annual estimated purchasing power of $1.4 trillion dollars as of 2016, which is an amount greater than the economy of all except 17 countries in the world. Hispanic Americans also bravely serve in every branch of the U.S. military, and have fought to protect our country in every U.S. conflict.

Moving forward in the coming months, Congressman Cárdenas will continue to fight the increasingly dangerous initiatives of one of the most volatile and partisan presidents in the history of this country. Donald Trump’s policies of family separation and his attacks on legal immigration are all part of a cynical strategy to demonize minorities and distract from the GOP tax scam and the kickbacks he offers his rich friends, all while the middle class continues to bear the brunt of rising housing prices and healthcare costs.  Fighting these strategies is always at the forefront of the Congressman’s responsibilities as a public servant, which is why he has demanded more oversight on family separation within the House Energy & Commerce Committee and serves as an original cosponsor of the Keep Families Together Act to ensure that families stay together, and that the health and well-being of the children are a top priority.

Congressman Cárdenas also is continuing his push to protect DREAMers and the passage of the DREAM Act, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients. It is estimated that approximately 735,000 of the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients are Latino, and our nation’s GDP would lose billions annually without their contributions.

Cosponsors of the resolution include Reps. Aguilar, Barragán, Bass, Bonamici, Robert Brady, Brown, Bustos, Capuano, Carbajal, Carson, Castor, Castro, Chu, Clark, Clay, Correa, Costa, Crowley, Cuellar, Danny Davis, Susan A. Davis, DeGette, DelBene, Demings, Deutch, Dingell, Doyle, Engel, Eshoo, Espaillat, Esty, Evans, Frankel, Gallego, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gene Green, Grijalva, Gutierrez, Hanabusa, Hastings, Higgins, Huffman, Jeffries, Keating, Kihuen, Kildee, Kilmer, Langevin, Larsen, Lee, Lieu, Lofgren, Lowenthal, Lowey, Luján, Lujan Grisham, Lynch, Sean Patrick Maloney, McEachin, McGovern, McNerney, Meeks, Moore, Moulton, Murphy, Napolitano, Nolan, Norcross, Norton, O'Halleran, Pallone, Panetta, Pascrell, Payne, Peters, Plaskett, Pocan, Quigley, Raskin, Rice, Richmond, Rosen, Roybal-Allard, Ruiz, Sablan, Sánchez, David Scott, Serrano, Sewell, Schakowsky, Sires, Adam Smith, Soto, Speier, Suozzi, Swalwell, Takano, Bennie Thompson, Mike Thompson, Titus, Torres, Vargas, Veasey, Vela, Velazquez, Visclosky, Wasserman Schultz, Watson Coleman and Yarmuth.