WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says Americans are grateful for the many contributions Latinos make to the United States.

On Wednesday, Trump signed a proclamation marking Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month. In the proclamation, Trump mentions that Hispanic-owned small businesses are the fastest growing businesses in America.

He says 60 Latinos in the Armed Forces have been awarded the Medal of Honor.

“Hispanic Americans are a testament to the American promise that anyone can succeed in the United States through hard work,” the document reads.

Trump upset many Latinos when he referred to Mexican immigrants as “criminals” back in 2015. And his campaign promise that a wall will be built along the U.S.-Mexico border has been controversial among Latinos.

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