Hispanic Caucus rejects Trump's invitation to celebrate Hispanic Heritage
The Hispanic Caucus in Congress rejected President Trump's invitation to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on the grounds that the rhetoric and anti-immigrant policies of his administration transform the celebration into an act of hypocrisy.
Like inviting a turkey to Thanksgiving dinner, President Trump invited the Hispanic Caucus of Congress to a reception to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
It seems that the White House did not fully understand the seriousness of its hate rhetoric and anti-immigrant policies, much less the importance of celebrating the influence of the Hispanic community in American society.
That is why Michelle Lujan Grisham, Democratic representative of New Mexico and chair of the Caucus, sent a letter to the administration explaining "why attending the event would be hypocritical," as reported by Teen Vogue.
Lujan Grisham got the crayons and explained to the president the antagonism between the White House and the Hispanic community, assuring that presidents like Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan consecrated Hispanic Heritage Month to "the lasting contributions that immigrants from Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, and Central and South American descent have made to the United States."
The congresswoman pointed out that the American dream "does not burn brighter than in the hearts of over 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children," referring to the so-called Dreamers, who since the inauguration of President Trump have remained in suspense waiting for a solution to the termination of their protection program.
"Your Administration chose to abruptly eliminate the program that ensured that these young people can continue to live, work hard, and contribute to the country they love," Lujan Grisham wrote.
"Every Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation specifically included September 15 to celebrate the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Tragically, many of these Latin American countries have been experiencing unprecedented levels of violence, human rights abuses, corruption, and crime, which have resulted in many women, LGBTQ individuals, journalists, children, and young people being persecuted, thrown in jail, and murdered,” the letter continues.
In addition, Luján Grisham reminds the president of the elimination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), the separation of families at the border, the administration’s rhetoric of dehumanization against immigrants, and its negligence when dealing with the disaster after Hurricane Maria passed through Puerto Rico.
The congresswoman concludes by saying that "we are not a nation of fear, cruelty, division, or prejudice. We are a nation of dignity, humanity, tolerance, and hope, and those shared, essential values transcend our political differences."
"Those values are the foundation on which Hispanic Heritage Month rests (...) and those are the values that I will honor this month as I celebrate the contributions, culture, deep roots and legacy of the Hispanic community in the United States. As a Hispanic American and Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, I hope you understand why I am unable to do that at your reception.”