Migrants and lawmakers honored for Dia de los Muertos

Rep. Joaquin Castro discusses a Dia de los Muertos altar set up by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on October 29, 2019 (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call).

Members of Congress are commemorating Dia de los Muertos at the Capitol this year with altars honoring migrants and civil rights activists, as well as Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and former Rep. John Conyers Jr., who both died earlier this month. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus put together an altar to honor migrants who have died in U.S. custody.

“We did it as a way to say we remember them,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro.

Marilyn Zepeda, legislative correspondent for Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, led the assembly of an altar in her boss’ office, which included photos of the Arizona Democrat’s father, Cesar Chavez and Malcolm X, as well as candles for two immigrants who died at the border in Arizona.

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