Tuesday, September 29, 2020

New Member to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Today the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) adds a new member to it roster.

Rep. Gregorio Sablan, the Delegate from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, officially became a Member of the CHC today.  This new addition brings the total number of Members for the CHC to twenty-five, with twenty-four Members in the House and one in the U.S. Senate.

“As the Chair of the CHC, I am proud to see our continued growth and welcome Congressman Sablan,” said Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Chair of the CHC.  “The expansion of the Caucus reflects the growing presence of Latinos in our nation.  Together we will work to create job opportunities, build strong communities and provide a solid foundation for hard-working Hispanic families in the Northern Marianas and throughout the United States.”

Congressman Sablan is the first Congressional representative of the Northern Marianas, after the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 granted the insular area a seat in Congress. Immigration laws for the Northern Mariana Islands have recently changed, as the Commonwealth has been brought into the U.S. Federal immigration system after having controlled their own system for the last thirty years.

“I’m very excited about the intensity of the discussion in today’s meeting.   The members have so much enthusiasm for the issues they are talking about, and for the people they represent.  I am grateful that I have the opportunity to be a part of the CHC,” said Congressman Gregorio Sablan, the newest Member of the CHC.  “The people of the Northern Mariana Islands are thinking a lot about the ways that federal immigration law can be made better.  This is the group that is working on immigration reform and writing the new immigration laws.  I want to be working with that group, working on this issue that is most important to the people of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus