Posted on September 30, 2011

Biden to Latinos: You Were Here First

Julie Mason, Politico, September 30, 2011


Biden on Thursday hosted the annual Hispanic Heritage Month reception at the Naval Observatory. Guests included about 100 Hispanic veterans, active duty service members, elected officials and others. The music was classical Mexican.

“You all were here before us,” Biden said, according to a pool report.

Biden noted his own background as the descendant of Irish immigrants, saying, “We come from a similar circumstance. It’s about family, it’s about faith and it’s about basic things.”


“The contributions being made to this country by Hispanic Americans is well over 400 years old,” said Biden. “We are acting like somehow it is brand new, but you know that America is much richer and more vibrant because of these contributions.”