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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Congresswoman Waters Celebrates Cinco de Mayo and Recognizes Contributions of Mexican Americans to Our Nation

May 5, 2015
Press Release

Congresswoman Waters Celebrates Cinco de Mayo and Recognizes Contributions of Mexican Americans to Our Nation

 

May 5, 2015

 

Los Angeles, CA – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement today in celebration of Cinco de Mayo: 

 

"Today I am proud to join many of my constituents in California's 43rd District in celebrating Cinco de Mayo and Mexico's triumph over the French Army in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.  Cinco de Mayo is not only an occasion to commemorate this historic victory; it is a moment to reflect on Mexican Americans' rich history and just how much Mexico's quest for liberty and self-determination parallels our forefathers' efforts to build an independent nation. And it is from that history that the United States was born a nation of immigrants, under principles that all peoples – regardless of their race or color – are worthy of dignity and respect.  In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of this shared vision and the rich cultural heritage Mexican Americans have brought with them for many generations.

 

Latinos are a vital part of our society, workforce, economy and culture not only in Los Angeles but all throughout California and across the United States.  And Latinos share with other Americans the common goals of freedom, opportunity, and a chance to build a better life.

 

On this special day I express my appreciation to Mexican American and Latino communities for enriching our society and culture as I continue fighting for policies that promote fairness, equality, justice and opportunity for all – not the least of which includes long overdue comprehensive immigration reform."

 

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