Menendez Statement in Observance of Cinco de Mayo

Menendez Statement in Observance of Cinco de Mayo

   

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chair of the Senate Democrats Hispanic Task Force, issued the following statement in observance of Cinco de Mayo – a holiday to commemorate Mexico’s victory over France during the Battle of Puebla in 1862, which resulted in Mexico’s freedom and independence.  Last week, the Senate unanimously adopted Menendez’s bipartisan Resolution celebrating Cinco de Mayo and honoring the vast contributions of Mexican-Americans to the United States.

“Mexican-Americans have enriched America’s culture, boosted the American economy and have served on the frontlines protecting America’s freedom.  That is why we celebrate this day, not only out of respect for the rich history of Mexico, but also in honor of the tremendous contributions and achievements by Mexican-Americans to the betterment of our nation,” said Senator Menendez, the highest-ranking Latino in Congress.  “As a nation of immigrants, we must continue to celebrate the history of all communities living in the United States and strive for a more inclusive agenda that resembles the diversity of our great country.  Today, I am proud to join the Mexican-American community in New Jersey and across the country in respectfully celebrating our interwoven societies, rich history, and shared aspirations of freedom, dignity and opportunity for all.”

Sen. Menendez’s Cinco de Mayo resolution was co-sponsored by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.).

The full text of the resolution is available online here.