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In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated annually from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15., the Florida Democratic Party shared the following statement:

To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, the Florida Democratic Party is hosting a celebration today with Democratic elected officials and party leaders including our Executive Director Phillip Jerez, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

Today marks the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month and it’s significant because the week of the 15th is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

“Millions of Floridians in the Hispanic community have come to our state to escape authoritarian regimes in search of a better life – and during Hispanic Heritage Month it’s our job to recognize their contributions to our state and honor them with action,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried.

Following recent rulings affecting immigrants in Florida, including DACA being ruled unlawfulthousands of Cuban immigrants being denied green cards, and Nicaraguans being denied an expanded TPS status, the Florida Democratic Party has called on Congress to put politics aside and pass immigration reform that includes permanent protections. 

“Immigrants do not come to America to be worse off and it’s up to us to defend freedom and democracy now more than ever, in solidarity with our Hispanic community,” Chair Fried added. 

Towards the end of the month, FDP Chair Nikki Fried will be launching a three-day Hispanic Heritage Month tour visiting the people and places that celebrate Hispanic history and culture. More details will be announced closer to the date. 

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