By: Leyla Tess Berlanga
September 15th through October 15th has been proclaimed as National Hispanic Heritage Month and has been given the theme “renewing the American Dream.” On September 15th President Obama’s “proclamation” was released and I found it to be quite interesting. In the proclamation, the President mentioned how influential Hispanics are to the American community as a whole, stating that things such as “strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service” have enhanced our nation’s character. The President also expressed that “the future of America is inextricably linked to the future of our Hispanic community. “
The President is also in the midst of “selling” The American Jobs Act to the American people as well as to Washington; Hispanics account for two-thirds of the country’s population growth, are currently experiencing an unemployment rate of 11.3 percent, and there are currently over 50 million Hispanics in the United States; so I think it is safe to say that the support and vote of the Hispanic community is very important and crucial to the Obama administration.
The President has proposed the American Jobs Act to help the entire Nation, and particularly Americans like the nearly one million Hispanic-Americans who have been out of work for over six months. The President also mentioned topics such as “improving educational opportunities, and expanding access to affordable, quality health care” and stated to remain committed to fixing the country’s “broken immigration system”. He mentioned key issues that we, the Hispanic community, are concerned about and I hope that these statements weren’t made simply in lieu of this being Hispanic Heritage Month, but rather made with the intentions of being executed efficiently, properly and in a timely manner.