Hispanic Dems propose 'Children's Day' holiday

Hispanic Dems propose 'Children's Day' holiday
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Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) on Thursday introduced a resolution to make "El Día de los Niños," or Children's Day, a national holiday in the U.S. to be celebrated on April 30.

Lawmakers noted that Hispanics are the largest minority group in the U.S. and among the youngest. Citing U.S. Census Bureau data, the resolution notes that nearly a third of Hispanic-Americans are under the age of 18 and about a quarter are millennials (18-33).

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“The United States’ Hispanic population represents the youngest and largest ethnic minority group, driving economic prosperity as workers, consumers, taxpayers, and voters. But children, no matter their ethnic or religious affiliation, represent the hopes and dreams of the American people," said Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroLawmakers argue for national Latino museum The Hill's Campaign Report: Impeachment fight to take center stage at Dem debate The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren, Sanders overtake Biden in third-quarter fundraising MORE (D-Texas), the resolution's main sponsor.

Lawmakers have proposed recognizing the holiday on April 30, the date that "El Día del Niño" is celebrated in Mexico and other parts of Latin America.

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"This resolution establishes a day devoted to celebrating our nation’s youth, and acknowledges the traditions and customs of all people residing in the U.S. regardless of their race or ethnicity," Castro said.