Menendez Warns that Without Legal Status for Immigrants, ‘There Will Never Be a Road to the White House’ for GOP

by Andrew Johnson

Gang of Eight member Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) advised Republicans to accept legalization status for current illegal immigrants if they ever want to see another president from their party.

“I would tell my Republican colleagues — both in the House and the Senate — that the road to the White House comes through a road with a pathway to legalization,” the New Jersey senator said on State of the Union this morning. “Without it, there’ll never be a road to the White House for the Republican party.”

Menendez also warned of triggers on border security “as an impediment to the pathway of legalization and citizenship.”

When asked about Marco Rubio’s involvement in the bill and whether he would leave the Gang of Eight, Menendez said that “I have no indication that he has no desire or intention to continue.”

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