Washington, DC - US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), issued the following statement celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the vast influence of Latinos in the United States. Menendez co-sponsored a Senate Resolution commemorating the Mexican army's defeat over the French army on May 5, 1862 in the Battle of Puebla.

"I am pleased to be joined once again by my colleagues in the Senate in marking one of the most significant symbols of cultural pride and celebration for Mexicans and Mexican Americans alike.More than 152 years after the Battle of Puebla, Cinco de Mayo has grown to be one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States; a true testament of our interwoven societies with shared goals of freedom, justice and opportunity for all.

"As a nation of immigrants, we must continue to celebrate the history of all communities in America and strive for a more inclusive policy agenda resembling our great diversity. With commonsense legislation to fix our nation's broken immigration system being blocked by Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, I reaffirm my commitment to do everything I can to make sure this - and all issues critically important to Latino families - receive the consideration they deserve."