Hispanic Caucus Chairman Castro offers Cinco de Mayo message commending Latino resiliency amid coronavirus
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Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroState Department establishes chief officer in charge of diversity Texas governor faces criticism over handling of winter storm fallout DC bureau chief for The Intercept: Impeachment managers became 'like the dog who caught the car' when permitted to call witnesses MORE (D-Texas) on Tuesday offered a Cinco de Mayo message on the resiliency of the Latino community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Castro noted in the statement that the community will be celebrating differently “whether at home or virtual,” adding that “they will represent the strength, determination, and courage of the Mexican people.”

“This spirit is exemplified by the essential workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis such as farmworkers, meatpackers, caregivers, doctors and nurses, and many others who are risking their lives for all of us,” he said. 

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Cinco de Mayo celebrates the first Battle of Puebla, when the Mexican army defeated the French in 1862. Castro said the holiday also presents an opportunity to commemorate how immigrants from Mexico have contributed to U.S. society.

The Texas lawmaker said the Latino community is disproportionately affected by the pandemic, citing statistics that millions of people in mixed immigration-status families were refused stimulus checks because of who they chose to marry.

“As we face a challenging road to recovery, let’s remember our communities have overcome insurmountable challenges in the past,” Castro said. “Cinco de Mayo is a moment to be joyful and recognize the resiliency of the Latino community in the face of adversity.”

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE also released a Cinco de Mayo message to the public Tuesday. He said he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMissouri pastor faces backlash after suggesting wives should lose weight, strive to look like Melania Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack Overnight Health Care: Senate to vote on .9 trillion relief bill this week | J&J vaccine rollout begins | CDC warns against lifting restrictions MORE recognized the Mexican American community for its “numerous exceptional contributions to our country, particularly today with so many Americans of Mexican descent serving on the frontlines.”

“Although this year’s celebration may not include the usual festivities and parades, the holiday’s underlying story of perseverance and resilience is as relevant as ever,” Trump said.

“The battle reminds us that great challenges and hardships can be overcome by unwavering resolve and a determined spirit,” he added.

The coronavirus has infected at least 1.18 million people in the U.S., killing at least 69,079 people, according to data from Johns Hopkins University

Statistics from early April indicated that black and Latino communities are being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus, leading lawmakers to call for better data collection on COVID-19 cases and deaths broken down by race. 

Later last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data and information showing the effects of the pandemic on minority populations so far.