Local February 28, 2018 | 12:56 pm

Rep. Espaillat marks Dominican Independence with speech

A. Espaillat

Washington D.C. – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement to commemorate the 174th anniversary of the Independence of the Dominican Republic:

“Founded in 1844, today marks the 174th anniversary of the Independence of the Dominican Republic, celebrated annually as Dominican Republic Independence Day.”

“In honor of founding fathers Juan Pablo Duarte, Ramón Matías Mella, Francisco del Rosario Sánchez and other patriots, Dominican communities established in New York and states around the country are hard-working communities, proud of our roots and of our heritage, and supportive of our families, especially as it pertains to the next generation of leaders and ensuring our youth have the opportunity to achieve in the future.”

“As we celebrate Dominican Republic Independence Day, it is with great appreciation in large part to the Dominican community and the diversity of New York’s 13th congressional district, that I have the honor of being the first Dominican-American to serve in the United States Congress.”

“I understand this great importance, and I am extremely grateful and humble for those who made it possible for this Dominican dreamer who came to America with his family at the age of 9 to reach his aspirations and follow my dreams.”

“I vow to continue my fight and dedicate my work to ensuring that the more than 2,400 DREAMers in my district have the same opportunities to achieve a shot at the American Dream in a country as great as ours.”

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