Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today marked Cinco de Mayo by recognizing the many contributions Mexican-Americans make to Colorado and the United States. Cinco de Mayo commemorates May 5, 1862, when Mexicans won an unlikely victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla, part of their struggle for independence and freedom.
“The remarkable story of Cinco de Mayo is about resilient commitment in the face of incredible odds. We continue to see that spirit today when we look at the many contributions Mexican-Americans have made to Colorado and the country. In Colorado, we enjoy a legacy of strong leaders, countless cultural influences, and a sense of vibrancy in our communities.
“It should also serve as a reminder and inspire us to remain focused on our fight to provide more opportunity for the next generation. We have a responsibility to our kids and grandkids – no matter what zip code they live in – to give them a quality education that prepares them for college and careers in the 21st century. We also need our colleagues in the House to work toward a consensus on fixing our broken immigration system. Hard-working immigrants who came here to live the American dream and who are part of the fabric of our communities all over Colorado and the United States are hurting because Congress has not passed a bill.”
Bennet is a cosponsor of a Senate resolution recognizing the historical significance of Cinco de Mayo for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. He is also a member of the ‘Group of 8’ that crafted and helped pass the Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill last June.