Reno, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in commemoration of Cinco de Mayo, which falls on Saturday, May 5th. Cortez Masto is a cosponsor of the 2018 Senate resolution recognizing the historical significance of the Cinco de Mayo holiday and celebrating the importance of Mexican-American culture.
“On this day in 1862, outnumbered and under equipped Mexican forces defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla, handing them a decisive victory in their long and brave fight for independence and democracy. For Mexican-Americans today, Cinco de Mayo is a chance to honor our heritage and the strength and perseverance of our communities. The Cinco de Mayo celebration serves as a reminder of the close ties between the United States and Mexico and the countless contributions that enterprising and resilient Mexican-Americans have made to our country. It is the honor of a lifetime to be the first Latina and Mexican-American woman elected to the United States Senate. I am dedicated to using my place at the table to provide more opportunities for future generations of Mexican-Americans. On this day, we must recommit to fighting ignorance against Latinos, all people of color and immigrants from all backgrounds. Let’s stand against hateful rhetoric and policies that threaten to separate families, sow fear in our communities, and attack our brave Dreamers. Let us celebrate the richness of the Mexican-American community and look forward to a future full of opportunities and achievements for all.”