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President Trump releases proclamation on National Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted at 2:17 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2021-09-02 17:23:08-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — During the month of September, more than 60 million Hispanic Americans will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

On Tuesday, President Trump released his official National Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation.

His proclamation highlights Hispanic Americans as the largest minority group in the United States, consistently helping "make our country strong and prosperous."

President Trump applauded Hispanic Americans for embodying American values, and serving America throughout our military and in our law enforcement. He pointed out that Hispanic Americans make up half of our Border Patrol agents.

The president's proclamation went on to highlight the administration's policies that have impacted our Hispanic American communities.

In the 2017-2018 academic year, the graduation rate for Hispanic students at public high schools rose to 81%, the highest level ever recorded. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the median income for Hispanic Americans had reached its highest level in history. Unemployment reached the lowest rate ever recorded. The poverty rate for Hispanic Americans also hit a record low. And from 2017 to 2018, 362,000 Hispanic Americans became new homeowners, the largest net gain for Hispanics since 2005. In the past 4 months as we have recovered from the coronavirus, we added 3.3 million jobs for Hispanic Americans. It is my promise to the Hispanic-American community and to all Americans that my Administration will continue to do everything in its power to rebuild the economy, ensure opportunity, grow wages, and cut regulations so every family can achieve their own American Dream.

The proclamation continued in part:

THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 15 through October 15, 2020, as National Hispanic Heritage Month. I call on public officials, educators, librarians, and all Americans to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

You can read the full proclamation here.