José Dante Parra Reacts to the Passing of Senator Harry Reid
José Dante Parra official communication
José Dante Parra, a former senior advisor for Senator Harry Reid and Prospero Latino’s CEO, issued the following statement on Senator Reid’s passing.
“I will let history decide whether Sen. Reid was a giant of the Senate, but to me, he was an example to emulate and a role model to follow. We came from different worlds, but as a former undocumented kid from Hialeah, Florida, I could relate to his struggles growing up the son of a miner and a laundress in a shack in Searchlight, Nevada. He understood the value of hard work, but also the value of giving people a hand up, and an opportunity to prove themselves. He was a realist, but one who also checked with his moral compass before making a decision.
“I am missing him for his advocacy for immigrants, becoming a champion for Dreamers and DACA, at a time when many said it couldn’t be done. I am missing him for his peculiar sense of humor and for his ‘spine of steel’ as President Joe Biden once said referring to his dogged determination. The country has lost a great and consequential man.
“My condolences to the Reid family and his wife Landra, who lost an exemplary father and husband. They are in my prayers and I grieve with them at this very difficult time.”
Our memories with Harry Reid
We will not forget you, Sen. Reid.
About Harry Reid
December 2, 1939 – December 28, 2021
Politician in Nevada (1987 – 2017).
Leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus (2005 – 20017)
Senate Majority Leader (2007 – 2015).