Sen. Bob Menendez, one of four Democrats in the “Gang of Eight” who pursued bipartisan immigration reform in 2013, says what is different now is that in the “post-Trump” world, Republicans are holding back on immigration reform because of the influx of migrants at the U.S.- Mexico border. Many Republicans have stated they will not look at any citizenship or immigration reform until Democrats address the issues at the border.
“My argument to them is the challenge we have at the southern border is a reason to pursue reform, not to abandon it,” said Menendez in an interview with NJ Spotlight News.
Menendez is also pushing for gun reforms. New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the country and Menendez is one of many Democrats who are pushing for stricter laws for the entire country.
“As well-meaning as the governor and Legislature may be, part of the challenge in New Jersey is we are a gun-running alley,” said Menendez.
A big challenge, Menendez said, is that weapons from states with less restrictive gun laws make their way to New Jersey; and to avoid that, we need “reasonable gun safety measures” for all states to make sure guns do not end up in the wrong hands. He also emphasized the need for universal background checks, looking at criminal records, mental illness or violent history as a way to determine who can and cannot have access to guns.