By Price Arredondo
EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - The recognition of the Hispanic heritage begins this week, a tradition which was started 48 years ago, by President Johnson and expanded by President Reagan.
Throughout the history of the United States, immigration has been a major force for population growth and cultural change. Although, today, the aspect of immigration has caused controversy on many political, social and economic fronts.
However, celebrations of ethnic groups is an opportunity to participate, and to learn the richness, the diversity and the contributions made to the greatest nation in the world.
Hispanics can trace their footprints in America since the 1500s with the arrival of Spanish explorers. In East Texas, in the late 1600's, when missions were established and in 1779, came the founding of the town of Nacodgoches.
For a moment, let's look beyond the challenges we face and recognize the contributions that Hispanics have made in East Texas and the United States of America.