National Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

Each year, the United States observes National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

This observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was later expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, four distinguished Hispanic American ICE employees sat down to discuss their impact on America, law enforcement and community.

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Part I

In part one, panelists discuss what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them, the contributions of Hispanic women in law enforcement and the significance of this time of the year being recognized.

Part II

In part two, panelists discuss the importance of embracing their Hispanic heritage, share advice for legal immigration who have recently come to the United States and reveal the challenges of being a Hispanic American working for ICE.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 10/02/2017