Letter to the editor: Hispanics have long history in U.S.

Hispanics have long history in U.S.

The homeland of the free and the brave should not be interpreted to mean the exclusive homeland of the Anglo English speaker.

In a recent letter to the editor, it was implied that an American should not have to “press 1 for English” and that those who prefer to speak Spanish should go to Mexico.

This might be a good time to remind readers that much of the Hispano population in New Mexico comes from ancestry that predates the United States of America. Their ancestors lived in the Land of Enchantment when this was New Spain, when this was Mexico, and they were here when this became the United States.

Spanish-speaking Americans have a long history of allegiance to the USA including service in the military. Spanish-speaking American soldiers fought in every war in the 20th century.

In fact, it has been reported that, per capita, more Hispanic U.S. soldiers died in Vietnam than any other ethnic group.

Spanish-speaking soldiers are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan at this very moment, including soldiers whose families live in Portales and Clovis. They are serving the country they live in and love.

Spanish-speaking Americans are proud of being bilingual, proud of being American, proud of their heritage, and proud to live in a country that offers them the freedom to “press 2 for Spanish.”