At the White House, Hispanic Heritage Month continues to be an opportunity to elevate issues critical to the Latino community, highlight how the Biden-Harris administration has worked to meet the needs of the community, and create space to discuss the work that remains ahead. Below is a recap of the this past week and preview for the upcoming week.
In addition to Hispanic Heritage Month, we are heading into a critical week for the President’s legislative agenda. TheBipartisan Infrastructure Package, Build Back Better agenda and a pathway to citizenship will be critical for Latino communities. If your organization issues statements, social media posts or hosts events highlighting the impact of these investments, please let me know.
On Thursday, September 23rd, the President delivered pre-recorded remarks at the CHCI Gala. He highlighted the historic investments of the American Rescue Plan, like the Child Tax Credit, as well as the work that lies ahead, like voting rights and a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS holders, and essential workers, like farm workers. He highlighted the significance of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package and Build Back Better agenda for the community, and noted that Small Business Administrator Guzman is the first CHCI alum to become a cabinet member.
Administrator Guzman also participated in a conversation during the CHCI Conference and spoke about the work underway to reach those who have historically been left behind and continue to face barriers to the capital and markets.
On Wednesday, September 22nd, Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke with Latino farm workers at a virtual roundtable marking National Hispanic Heritage Month and National Farm Safety and Health Week. He was joined by USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Moffitt, Deputy Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Gloria Montano Greene, and White House Senior Advisor for Latino Engagement Ernie Apreza. Secretary Vilsack highlighted the important role that farm workers play in our nation’s food security and economy, the work USDA has done to make workplaces safer and the impact citizenship would have on workplace safety.
On Tuesday, September 21st, Senior Advisor and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond and Director of the White House Office of Political Outreach and Strategy Emmy Ruiz met with Latino leaders from across the country to hear their priorities and to discuss the intersection of their organizations’ priorities with the Build Back Better agenda. You can read a full readout here.
On Thursday, September 23rd, the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs convened a roundtable for Latino elected leaders across the nation, hosted by the Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Julie Rodriguez, to discuss how President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda will provide historic investments in America’s middle-and-working class families, including Latino families. The roundtable featured Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Passaic Mayor Hector Lora, and Assemblyman Edgar Flores from Nevada. You can read a full readout here.