Congresswoman Veronica Escobar Statement in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
Washington, D.C., September 15, 2020
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) issued the following statement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month:
“During this month, people across our country come together to celebrate the incredible contributions and voices of Latinos that enrich our American culture and society.
“Unfortunately, this month of celebration and pride comes at a time when Latinos are being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Latinos are on the frontlines of the pandemic, providing the food on our tables, cleaning our hospitals, teaching our children, and saving lives as health care workers and first responders. Yet, Latinos are three times as likely to become infected with COVID-19 and nearly twice as likely to die from the virus than any other group.
“The pandemic has exposed life-and-death inequities faced by Latinos in our nation, including disparities in income, lack of access to comprehensive health care, and a broken immigration system.
“This month, as we uplift and celebrate the culture, contributions, and resilience of our Latino communities in El Paso and across the country, we must address the structural economic and health inequities exposed by this pandemic.”