Hispanic Dems Petitioning for Foreign Leader to Address Congress

“We believe Members of Congress would benefit from engaging directly with President Enrique Peña Nieto, and we respectfully ask you, in consultation with President Trump, to invite him to address a Joint Session of Congress.”

This was a letter from members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus submitted to House and Senate leaders on Thursday, asking that the Mexican President be brought in to speak to a joint session of Congress.

The letter was addressed to Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Democratic minority leaders, Sens. Charles Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

The Hispanic Democrats want Peña Nieto to come repair the “damage” that President Trump has caused to the U.S.-Mexico relationship.

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The letter is reportedly signed by the following Democrats: caucus Chairwoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham, Sen. Bob Menendez, and Reps. Joaquin Castro, Ruben Gallego, Pete Aguilar, and Norma Torres.

One of the signers of the letter, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), said in an email, “Our histories, our cultures, our people are tied together and we owe it to ourselves to stand up and demonstrate that the United States still believes in building bridges and not walls.”

“While the United States and Mexico have maintained a strong partnership over the past several decades, President Trump’s recent comments and actions have threatened diplomatic relations between our countries,” the letter stated.

According to the caucus, congress would benefit by “engaging directly” with President Enrique Peña Nieto.

H/T: The Hill

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