“We Look to You, Mr. President, for Big, Bold, Unapologetic Administrative Relief” The most important comments from last night’s Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) annual gala did not come from President Obama, but rather Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) who called on the President to deliver executive action that protects millions. As he noted: As we… Continue »

Sen. Menendez today at a roundtable for Hispanic media told Republicans that it’s still on them to call for a vote on immigration reform: There are a fair amount of Republicans, including those who talk to me, that want to see an opportunity for a vote on reform.  And, what I tell them is to… Continue »

Yesterday was the 328th day since the Senate passed its bipartisan immigration bill, and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) took to the floor to castigate Republicans for their inaction since then. Menendez highlighted the moral and economic benefits to passing reform, and wondered why Republicans continue to side with Steve King rather than do the right thing.  “Enough… Continue »

Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) have become the latest Senators to encourage President Obama to address his record rate of deportations. As Sen. Schumer told Politico in a statement today: We remain focused on passing a balanced immigration bill that secures our borders and fixes a broken system.  But if the House recesses… Continue »

Remind Opponents What’s at Stake if Reform Fails in 2013   The Senate is just days away from voting on their bipartisan immigration bill and the House is poised to take up immigration in the coming weeks. Today, advocates and members of Congress hosted a Google+ Hangout to update the progressive community on the latest… Continue »

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, member of the “Gang of Eight,” delivered the following remarks on the Senate Floor regarding comprehensive immigration reform. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “As a member of the Senate bipartisan Gang of 8, I believe we come to this floor, if not in complete harmony, at least on… Continue »

This morning, Senators John McCain and Robert Menendez appeared on ABC’s “This Week.” Both are part of the so-called “Gang of Six” working on immigration legislation, so what they say really matters as the debate unfolds. McCain and Menendez both emphasized that path to citizenship for the 11 million is a key part of their… Continue »

At the Center for American Progress this afternoon, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) discussed what he believes immigration reform should look like and called it the “civil rights issue of our time.”  After host Neera Tanden, the President of the Center for American Progress, called Latino voters “THE story of the 2012 elections,” Menendez said that… Continue »