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U.S. Senator from New Jersey. 🇺🇸 Proud father of Alicia & Rob. Proud grandfather of Evangelina, Ofelia & Olivia.
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16 Sep
It's been more than a year since the House came together to pass the #VenezuelaTPS Act.

It's been more than a year of the Senate GOP blocking that bill to protect Venezuelans from deportation.

Headed to @DSenFloor to try to pass it TODAY.

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Venezuela continues to experience the worst political, economic & humanitarian crisis in our hemisphere.

Its people continue to suffer extreme food and medicine shortages, levels of criminal violence akin to a conflict zone & grave human rights abuses under the Maduro regime.
Maduro’s dictatorship has inflicted a humanitarian catastrophe on the Venezuelan people. President Trump talks tough on Venezuela, but refuses to provide temporary protection to 200,000+ Venezuelans in the U.S. at risk of deportation.

We need #VenezuelaTPS now!
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1 Jul
Individuals should never be imprisoned for peaceful activism. I urge Central Asian leaders to release prisoners held for these legitimate acts, including cases across #Kazakhstan, #Kyrgyzstan, #Tajikistan, #Turkmenistan & #Uzbekistan. The #COVID19 prison risk raises the stakes.
Aset Abishev was arrested in Kazakhstan for posts in support of Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan movement. @freedomhouse cited his case as an example of Kazakhstan persecuting opposition parties. He has been punished for expressing concerns about prison conditions & #COVID19.
Maks Bokayev was arrested in Kazakhstan for his work fighting for the environment, expression & against torture. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said his detention was based on his exercise of “freedom of expression & freedom of assembly.” He’s at high #COVID19 risk.
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18 Jun
The #GlobalForcedMigrationReport analyzes drivers of the crisis, shortfalls of the intl response, and the Trump Admin’s retreat from global & moral leadership.

The facts represent a clarion call for strong leadership, intl solidarity, and innovation to address this crisis.
By the end of 2018, there were at least 70.8 million refugees, asylum seekers, and IDPs. 1 out of every 109 people in the world had been forced to flee their homes.

In 2019, this figure increased to 79.5 million, or 1 out of every 97 people. #GlobalForcedMigrationReport Image
Increasingly frequent, prolonged, and violent conflict, widespread violence, and climate change are all factors driving the largest number of forced migrants in recorded history.

150-200 million people could be at risk of climate change-induced displacement by 2050. Image
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30 Sep 19
#JamalKhashoggi's murder reminded us how authoritarians fear a free press.

It exposed the danger of having a U.S. President regularly demonize the media, & laid bare the fragility of our system & how much it relies on the people in power to respect it. wapo.st/2mX26GD
Khashoggi’s murder will be remembered as the straw that broke the camel’s back—a grim reminder that Saudi behavior has strayed so far out of line with our own values that business as usual with the kingdom was no longer in our interests.

READ MY OP-ED 👇 wapo.st/2mX26GD
As the rest of the free world sought answers about Jamal Khashoggi’s death, Trump betrayed the moral leadership we expect from a U.S. president…

...all to help the Saudis cover up a murder.
#JusticeforJamal
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3 May 19
Press freedom is under assault across the globe—including in the US. As journalists fight to advance truth and objectivity, far too many governments and non-state actors are targeting them. #WorldPressFreedomDay
In Slovakia, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia, journalists have been recently killed in retaliation for spreading news and information.

Others have been imprisoned in Burma, Nicaragua, and around the world. #WorldPressFreedomDay
From Turkey to the Philippines, Venezuela to Sudan, governments around the world are trying to silence the press. But the threat to press freedom isn’t limited to foreign lands—it’s something we’ve had to increasingly contend with here in the U.S. #WorldPressFreedomDay
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11 Sep 18
1/5. As a life-long advocate for racial justice, equal rights under the law, and opportunity for all, I will #VoteNoOnKavanaugh and fight back against the Trump Administration’s every effort to turn back on the clock on civil rights. #WhatsAtStake

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2/5. Brett Kavanaugh has joined opinions that undermine our fair housing laws and weaken the ability of African Americans and Latino Americans to raise discrimination claims.
3/5. When a South Carolina law that could have blocked 63,756 minority voters from the polls came before Judge Kavanaugh, he thought it was constitutional.
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6 Aug 18
Let's just say it - if LeBron James was white, President Trump never would have questioned his intelligence or his charity work. How do I know? Let's check the history...
In the 1970s, Trump was sued for not renting to African Americans at his properties... salon.com/2011/04/28/don…
Trump still thinks five young Black men are guilty of a crime DNA evidence has absolved them of. #CentralPark5 nbcnews.com/politics/2016-…
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31 Jul 18
Just voted to extend National Flood Insurance Program for 4 months. Don't get me wrong - I'm relieved. If it lapsed, thousands of NJans would lose coverage just as hurricane season begins.

But we really need reform - my #SafeNFIP Act has bipartisan support. It could have passed
NJans deserve a flood insurance program that works.
My #SafeNFIP Act:
-makes premiums more affordable
-reduces future flooding by investing in resiliency
-holds insurance companies accountable
-provides a long-term reauthorization.
We can't afford to wait until November for the National Flood Insurance Program to be reformed. Not when we have a bipartisan bill ready to go - with 4 Republicans and 5 Democrats co-sponsoring, this bill is a no-brainer.
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25 Jul 18
Fmr Secretary Tillerson made it clear that ending TPS for El Salvador & Honduras would have major repercussions, including a likely backlash that weakened our cooperation to combat the drug trade & criminal gangs in Central America.

Yet, the Trump Administration did it anyway.
The State Department was also right in warning that ending these protections would leave TPS beneficiaries and their U.S.-citizen children vulnerable to criminal violence and gang recruitment by MS-13.

Yet, the Trump Administration did it anyway. cnn.com/2018/07/25/pol…
Beyond turning an entire community of legal residents into undocumented individuals, @StateDept also cautioned that ending TPS for El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti would likely accelerate unauthorized immigration to the United States.

Yet, the Trump Administration did it anyway.
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20 Jul 18
On the 170th anniversary of the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls where suffragists proudly proclaimed that "all men AND women are created equal," it's sad we're still striving to achieve that vision. It's why I introduce the Equal Rights Amendment every Congress, and...
...why I proudly voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that President Obama signed into law, and continue to work to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to bolster enforcement of our pay discrimination laws so my daughter & granddaughter don't face the same wage gap my mother did
It's why I'm working to #StopKavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court, where he will surely oppose women's equality by overturning #RoevWade, and helping religious employers deny coverage for contraception. Rallied w/ @CoryBooker @PPact @NJ_CASA this week menendez.senate.gov/news-and-event…
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