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Hermiston Leads Way on Embracing Diversity & Sensible Immigration Reform

Hermiston, Oregon is leading the way on immigration and creating a community that embraces diversity. At a recent town hall in the Umatilla County community, Mayor David Drotzmann presented Senator Wyden with a letter asking for Congress to pass “fair & sensible” immigration reform laws. Senator Wyden said: “I hope that this will set off an effort in similar communities all across the country. Once again it is wonderful to see eastern Oregon take the lead, show the rest of the country how to proceed, and do some trail-blazing; in this case for a better country and a better community.”

The growing representation of the Hispanic community in Hermiston prompted the City Council to form the Hispanic Advisory Committee in 2012 and making the city a self-proclaimed “all-inclusive community.”

Wyden with Eddie De La Cruz, Chair of Hermiston's Hispanic Advisory Committee & his family [from left to right] Celso De La Cruz (Eddie's father), Senator Wyden, Eddie De La Cruz, & Elena De La Cruz (Eddie’s wife)
Wyden with Eddie De La Cruz, Chair of Hermiston's Hispanic Advisory Committee, & his family.
[from left to right] Celso De La Cruz (Eddie's father), Senator Wyden, Eddie De La Cruz, & Elena De La Cruz (Eddie’s wife)

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