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Rep. Yarmuth Marks Hispanic Heritage Month

LOUISVILLE – Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) is marking Hispanic Heritage Month with a renewed call for Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform.

Yarmuth, who worked as part of the bipartisan House “Gang of 8” to draft reform legislation, marked the occasion – which runs from September 15 to October 15 – with the following video:

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House Republican Leadership continues to refuse to bring the group’s legislation – or other comprehensive immigration reform bills, including the measure approved by the Senate in a 68-32 vote last year – to a vote.

Full text of his remarks:


Hi, I’m Congressman John Yarmuth. Every year from September 15 to October 15, we come together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, to honor the contributions of the Latino community in Louisville, our Commonwealth, and across our nation.

More than 132,000 Latinos call Kentucky home – bringing depth and richness to our culture, history, and economy. It is this diversity that makes our nation unique and gives us strength in the world.

In Washington, this year’s celebrations are overshadowed by continued inaction on comprehensive immigration reform. For the better part of 2013, I worked with a bipartisan group of House Members to fix our broken immigration system. And I believe Congress should enact legislation now that promotes humane enforcement, provides a path to citizenship, secures our borders, and keeps families together.

That work continues today. But on this day – and through October 15 – I’m proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. And I hope you’ll do the same.