WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today condemned the House of Representatives’ Republican leadership for holding a hearing in the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security titled “Birthright Citizenship: Is it the right policy for America?”

"Today’s hearing is a painful reminder that we cannot and must not tolerate second-class citizenship, inequality, intolerance, and injustice,” said Menendez, Chair of the Senate’s Hispanic Task Force. “It is a humiliating reminder of the jingoistic insensitivity of the few toward multiculturalism and the changing face of America in the 21st Century. While Birthright Citizenship is a bedrock Constitutional principle, Republicans seem determined to put DHS in every delivery room to create an underclass perpetually stuck in the shadows. The empty theatrics we are seeing today are simply out of place and out of step with everything this country stands for. We can do better."

Menendez, a first-generation Cuban immigrant, has fought against efforts to abolish Birthright Citizenship before. On March 12, 2015 Menendez delivered Senate Floor remarks objecting to a Senate amendment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act proposed by Senator David Vitter that would eliminate Birthright Citizenship.

The House hearing comes the week of the 19th Anniversary of Día de los Niños and Menendez plans to introduce a Resolution to celebrate Día de los Niños and declare it a national holiday later this week. He has introduced this Resolution in past Congresses and in honor of the holiday this year, Menendez will read to students from Oyster Elementary School to continue the tradition of recognizing the importance of investing in our nation's children as the center of our families and our country's future generation.