Menen­dez slams Chris Mur­phy and Sen­ate bor­der group for lack­ing His­pan­ic mem­bers

Sen. Bob Menen­dez (D‑NJ) blast­ed the sen­a­tors nego­ti­at­ing a bor­der secu­ri­ty pack­age on Wednes­day for not includ­ing any minor­i­ty col­leagues in their work­ing group, argu­ing that Sen. Chris Mur­phy (D‑CT) lacks cred­i­bil­i­ty on this top­ic.
Menen­dez, who has been ostra­cized since being fed­er­al­ly indict­ed ear­li­er this fall, made the com­ments after being asked by reporters about his exclu­sion from this set of talks. The New Jer­sey sen­a­tor, who is His­pan­ic, led the bipar­ti­san immi­gra­tion talks in the Sen­ate that pro­duced the 2013 deal that famous­ly died in the House.
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“Well, it’s not me. It’s that none of the Lati­no sen­a­tors have been part of the talks, none,” Menen­dez said. “[Sen.] Mazie Hirono (D‑HI), who’s inter­est­ed in this issue, has not been part of the talks. Those of us who rep­re­sent immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties have not been part of the talks. As a mat­ter of fact, there’s no Demo­c­rat that I know that rep­re­sents a bor­der state that has been involved in the talks.”
“So some­thing is wrong with that process,” he con­tin­ued. “That would be like if we were hav­ing civ­il rights o …