Obama Praises Hispanics, Jobs Act

(Hispanic Business) President Obama on Wednesday praised the contributions of Hispanics to the United States and made another pitch for his stalled American Jobs Act.

Obama spoke to a crowd gathered at the U.S. Interior Department in Washington at an American Latino heritage forum organized by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, one of the top Hispanics in government.

"Diversity has always been America's strength," the president said. "We are richer because of the men and women and children who've come to our shores and joined our union. …

"And nowhere is that more true than with the Latino community. Right now, there are 54 million Americans of Latino descent — one-sixth of our population. Our neighbors, our co-workers, our family, our friends. You've helped us build our cities, grow our economy, defend our country. And today, for the first time in history, there is a Latina in my Cabinet and a Latina (Justice Sonia Sotomayor) on the bench of the highest court in the land. (U.S. Labor Secretary) Hilda Solis is doing an outstanding job."

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