MENSAJE DEL EMBAJADOR ARTURO SARUKHAN LEÍDO POR EL CÓNSUL DE MÉXICO EN ORLANDO, FLORIDA DURANTE LA ENTREGA DEL OHTLI A MARY ROSE GARRIDO WILCOX, CONFERENCIA NACIONAL DE NALEO
23 DE JUNIO DE 2012
On behalf of the Government of Mexico, I am honored to join the 29th Annual Conference of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Orlando, Florida. I bring you warm regards from Ambassador of Mexico Arturo Sarukhan who unfortunately was not able to join us today, but who has asked me to convey the following message:
I regret not being able to join NALEO for its National Conference in Orlando, Florida. I have many good friends in this organization that I respect for their record of public service and for their leadership in promoting voter engagement and the empowerment of Latinos in this great country. Since 1976, when the distinguished Edward Roybal spearheaded the creation of NALEO, it has been the quintessential vehicle to advance Latino issues by means of positively influencing national and local public policies.
Today, I wish to convey my most sincere recognition to Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Garrido Wilcox who will receive the Ohtli Award from Alberto Fierro, the Consul of Mexico in Orlando. Supervisor Garrido Wilcox has worked tirelessly to advance the cause of Latinos in Arizona. In the midst of a polarized and worrisome climate, she has never faltered in calling out intolerance and hate speech whenever she has faced it and she has held strong to her convictions.
Mary Rose has been a tireless promoter of a comprehensive reform to the U.S. immigration system and has pushed for the recognition of the many contributions that immigrants have made to the prosperity, economic well-being and cultural and social vitality of this country. This is particularly true in the case of undocumented youth, those who have lived in the United States for most of their lives and want nothing more than to be recognized for what they are, Americans.
The recent announcement by the Administration to promise deffered action and temporary relief to thousands of “dreamers”, should serve as an important step towards a long term solution for so many young immigrants that are already contributing to the economic prosperity and success of this nation. I recognize and commend President Obama's decision and statesmanship in having taken this critically important step.
As I have always stated, immigrants are a vital part of the fabric of what makes America great and they are not a threat to the security of this nation. We all need to work together to make sure that the rights and dignity of Latino immigrants in general, and of Mexican immigrants in particular, are fully respected.
The Government of Mexico will continue to do its share. We will use all resources at our disposal to contribute to this end. And we will work hand in hand with committed leaders like Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Garrido Wilcox, and all the distinguished Latino elected and appointed officials attending this Conference who share and have led in this commitment. I salute you and convey my best wishes to all of you.
Ambassador of Mexico