DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in recognition of Cinco de Mayo:
“Cinco de Mayo celebrates a Mexican victory over the French Army at the Battle of Puebla. On May 5, 1862, Mexican fighters and workers stood together in opposition to a foe against whom they were out-manned and out-armed. Fueled by the hope of creating a better life for their children and grandchildren, they defied the odds by emerging victorious.
“Today’s celebrations of Mexican American heritage and culture recognize that the spirit of resilience and determination that compels one to defend one’s home is the same that fortifies others to leave their home behind for a better life. America is enriched and strengthened by immigrants who were willing to make sacrifices on behalf of future generations. It’s why the time is now for common sense reform to fix our broken immigration system.
“Democrats are committed to making sure that the American dream remains in reach for those willing to fight for it. We can do so by investing in education, guaranteeing fair wages for honest work, and ensuring access to quality, affordable health care. Cinco de Mayo is an opportunity to honor the contributions of millions of Americans of Latino descent. The values we celebrate today may not be unique to Americans, but they are what unify us as Americans.”