U.S. President Barack Obama issued a proclamation for National Hispanic Heritage Month in which he said that Hispanics "have shaped and strengthened the fabric of our Union."
In the annual proclamation, released by the White House, the United States president said that Hispanics in the U.S. have "led movements that pushed our country closer to realizing the democratic ideals of America's founding documents."
They have also "served courageously as members of our Armed Forces to defend those ideals at home and abroad," Obama said.
The president said that Hispanics, who constitute the fastest growing minority in America, "have enriched every aspect of our national identity with traditions that stretch across centuries and reflect the many ancestries that comprise the Hispanic community."
"This month, we celebrate this rich heritage and reflect on the invaluable contributions Hispanics have made to America," Obama said in reference to the annual celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed with official and community events across the nation from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
"During National Hispanic Heritage Month, as we celebrate the successes of the Hispanic community, let us reaffirm our commitment to extending that promise (of achieving success) to all Americans," said the president, who is seeking the support of Hispanic voters to secure his reelection this coming November.
Obama noted that Hispanics have left their mark "from laboratories and industry to board rooms and classrooms," and have also served "as leaders throughout the public sector, working at the highest levels of our government and serving on our highest courts."
"As we celebrate these hard-fought achievements, we must also remember there is more work to be done to widen the circle of opportunity for the Hispanic community and keep the American dream within reach for all who seek it," he said
In that sense, Obama pointed to the achievements of his administration in improving conditions for the Hispanic community through job creation, making sure that Hispanics are represented on the federal workforce, and improving the educational system.
He also recalled that the Department of Homeland Security has suspended the deportation of undocumented youths "so they can continue contributing to our society, and we remain steadfast in our pursuit of meaningful legislative immigration reform." EFE