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 CastroThe exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Juan Williams: Democrats finally hit Trump where it hurts Texas Democrats tap Joaquin Castro to deliver key address 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.

The resolution was co-sponsored by Reps. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamNew Mexico says EPA abandoned state in fight against toxic 'forever chemicals' Walmart to stop selling guns in New Mexico New Mexico governor to Nike after Arizona snub: 'Let's talk' MORE (D-N.M.), Grace NapolitanoGraciela (Grace) Flores NapolitanoLatina leaders: 'It's a women's world more than anything' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Muller testimony dominates Washington The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller day finally arrives MORE (D-Calif), Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis CorreaMembers to have little time to question Mueller Steyer group targeting 12 congressional Democrats over impeachment Dems demand documents on Trump 'sanctuary city' plan MORE (D-Calif.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz), Adriano EspaillatAdriano de Jesus Espaillat CabralCongressional Hispanic Caucus calls for answers on Mississippi ICE raids Congressional Hispanic Caucus members call for diversity within the Fed Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE (D-N.Y.), Darren SotoDarren Michael SotoHouse passes temporary immigration protections for Venezuelans House fails to pass temporary immigration protections for Venezuelans Former state House candidate says she made up story about removing 77 bullets from Pulse shooting victims MORE (D-Fla.), Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), and Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.).

"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.