Sen. Barack Obama: We cannot ignore the fact that Hispanics have contributed greatly to the social, economic, and cultural fabric of America. From the Hispanic community’s deep-rooted history of service in the U.S. military to the battles of leaders like César Chávez for workers’ rights, Hispanic Americans have helped make this nation a great one. But despite all of the progress we’ve made, we know that there is more work to do.
I believe the greatest contribution we’ve seen from the Latino community is their belief in the future and their belief in this country. It is a belief that inspires all Americans to remember what this country is about – people putting in the hard work required to make sure that the next generation is able to achieve its dreams.