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WASHINGTON, D.C.–Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today regarding Cinco de Mayo, a date which commemorates the historic battle in Puebla, Mexico, as well as the contributions of U.S. Hispanics:
“Today I join and congratulate the Mexican-American community in Nevada and throughout the country as they celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This day has become part of U.S. Hispanic culture, especially in the Mexican-American community, given its historical value. Today’s celebration commemorates a battle in which brave Mexican soldiers defeated the invading French Army in the Mexican city of Puebla. Over the years, Cinco de Mayo has become an American celebration, symbolizing the pride, tenacity and diversity which makes this country a great nation.
“As one of the fastest growing communities in Nevada and around the country, the contributions of Latinos has enriched America’s history, culture and development. In my state, almost 25 percent of the population is Hispanic, and the community’s influence and impact is felt statewide.
“As I join the Latino community in celebrating Cinco de Mayo, I recommit myself to fighting for the issues that matter to Hispanic Nevadans and those across the country–job creation, affordable and quality health care, immigration reform and homeowner protections.”