Menendez Hails Senate Passage Of Major Hate Crimes Amendment

Menendez Hails Senate Passage Of Major Hate Crimes Amendment

NJ Senator is co-sponsor of legislation that would give federal law enforcement greater ability to prosecute hate crimes

Washington - Late last night, the U.S. Senate passed an amendment that aims to bring justice in more hate crime cases. The legislation would allow federal law enforcement to become involved in more of these cases, whereas currently, it is does not have jurisdiction to prosecute a large number of them. These provisions were successfully attached to the Department of Defense authorization bill, which is expected to gain final Senate passage next week.

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is a co-sponsor of the hate crimes legislation, and he released the following statement:

"When someone harasses, beats or murders another fellow human being for the type of person they are, it is more than a vicious crimes against an individual. It is a crime against an entire communitie and against the underlying values we cherish in the United States of America. It is a crime against humanity.

"Even in our great society, even in the 21st Century, there is hate, and there are hate crimes. We've read about the murder of Luis Ramirez in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania and the recent spike in hate crimes against Latinos. We all watched the coverage following the deadly shooting at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. And we all know the story of Matthew Shepard - the namesake of the original hate crimes legislation - who was beaten to death because of his sexual orientation.

"We cannot eliminate hate with one piece of legislation, but we can make sure that justice is served more often. We can send a strong message about tolerance to those who would lash out in hate. These are the reasons this legislation is so meaningful, and these are the reasons that the Senate took such important action."

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