Menendez Honors Contributions Of Mexican Americans In Celebration Of Cinco De Mayo

Menendez Honors Contributions Of Mexican Americans In Celebration Of Cinco De Mayo

Chairman of the Hispanic Task Force, lone Hispanic Senator highlights importance of economic growth and job creation for Hispanics

Washington - Today U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, joined millions of Americans in celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the important contributions of Mexican-Americans to this country. Senator Menendez also highlighted the need for economic growth and job creation to address the high unemployment rate among Hispanic communities. Cinco de Mayo is holiday that marks the Mexican army's defeat over the French army in 1862 and is a symbol of cultural celebration and pride.

"We celebrate this day, not only out of respect for the rich history and culture of our neighbors in Mexico, but also in honor of the tremendous contributions and achievements of Mexican-Americans that have made ours a better nation," said Senator Menendez. "Mexican-Americans have helped weave the fabric of our nation and continue to do so. This date also reminds us of the difficulties that many Latinos face during these tough economic times. As Chairman of the Hispanic Task Force, I will continue to pursue policies in collaboration with President Obama and my colleagues in the Senate to make sure Latinos and all Americans have every opportunity to succeed."

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