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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The USHCC vehemently condemns the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and is deeply saddened by the reports of the racist, xenophobic, and inhumane nature behind the mass shooting that took place at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso.

“On behalf of the millions of Hispanic owned businesses across the country, and those in El Paso, this unprecedented attack on the Latino community has horrified and saddened us all. It is time for real change, both in the rhetoric of the national discourse and the laws of this country,” said Ramiro A. Cavazos, USHCC President & CEO.

“My heart goes out to my home state of Texas, to Ohio, and to all those who were affected by the recent mass shootings,” continued Mr. Cavazos. “This will certainly be a time of grieving, but it must also be a time of collective action. We can no longer stand idly by as racist rhetoric disparages America’s immigrant community. There is no question that the vitriolic language directed towards the diverse communities in our country has led to violent action against these communities. Last year we saw the fifth consecutive increase in hate crimes and the steepest rise since 2015. We must continue to speak out against language that wrongfully attacks our immigrant community to curb radicalization at the source. We will not let fear overcome our community, we will not shy away, and we will continue to exemplify American drive and success.”

“Furthermore, we urge everyone to call their Members of Congress to return from recess in order to vote on vitally important gun legislation. H.R.8, universal background checks, have been passed in the House of Representatives and the Senate must follow. Extreme risk (red flag) laws that are now in effect in 16 states should be passed across the nation so that we have the tools to prevent these attacks before they happen. We must put an end to domestic terrorism in this country.”

We encourage everyone across the country to consider providing support to El Paso and Dayton by donating blood or providing financial relief by contacting local support organizations.

We stand with our community, the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce during this time of grief and sorrow.

Questions may be submitted to press@ushcc.com.

About the USHCC

The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development, and interests of more than 4.37 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $700 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, please visit ushcc.com. Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.