Lt. Governor Calls for Compassion, Embrace of Immigrants at Latino Legislative Day

On Latino Legislative Day at the Capitol, Lt. Gov. Habib called for support for the nation’s immigrant community and a universal embrace of diversity, highlighting his status as a “blind Iranian-American from a mixed-religion, immigrant family.”

“The U.S. needs to be a sanctuary for all Americans,” said Habib underneath the Capitol’s rotunda. His words echoed across a crowd of approximately 1,000, some of whom expressed fear of being deported.

The air in the building was festive; minutes earlier, the award-winning Wenatchee High School Mariachi Band played classic mariachi tunes. At the close of the speeches, the band members joined the lieutenant governor in his office and played another one of their hits.

Latino Legislative Day exemplified Habib’s commitment to inclusion, tolerance, and diversity—the most American of values, and principals that strengthen the state and nation’s economy.