DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in honor of Cinco de Mayo:
“Cinco de Mayo is an important opportunity to honor a singular moment in Mexican history. On May 5, 1862, Mexican fighters and workers joined together and defied the odds, beating the much larger and better-armed French army at the Battle of Puebla. It was an improbable victory – a day of communities standing together in the fight to secure a better life for their families and for future generations. Cinco de Mayo represents an historic moment of triumph for the people of Mexico.
“Today, that same spirit of determination and resilience is embodied in the more than 50million Americans of Latino descent across the country. They work hard every day to build a greater future for themselves, their children and for futuregenerations. Their countless contributions to our nation and to the American story are and must always be recognized and honored.
“We know that securing our future depends on making sure that all Americans have the opportunity to reach their potential. And that’s why we’ve worked hard over the last four years to create jobs, to improve access to health care, to make college more affordable, and to ensure that everyone who works hard and does their fair share has a shot at the American dream. But as President Obama made clear on his trip to Mexico this week, there is still work to be done. We must recommit ourselves to working together to surmount the challenges that lie ahead like implementing common sense immigration reform.
“Today, we celebrate a day 151 years ago, when a group of patriots made a brave stand against the invading forces of a world-renowned European army – a familiar story for all Americans. And as we do, we are reminded that the United States and Mexico are more united than ever -- in friendship and in common purpose.”