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Rubio Celebrates Signing Of Borinqueneers Bill To Law (English & Español)

Jun 10, 2014 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement today after President Obama signed a bill into law to award the 65th Infantry Regiment “Borinqueneers” with the Congressional Gold Medal. The measure was sent to the President’s desk last month after the Senate passed S. 1174, which Rubio originally co-sponsored. Rubio was on hand at the White House for this morning’s event (the bill-signing portion begins around the 10:30 mark).

The Borinqueneers were a segregated Hispanic unit, comprised of mostly Puerto Rican soldiers, who were not given the same benefits and honors awarded to other soldiers despite their service in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

Rubio tweeted a picture of the bill earlier today (the picture can be viewed  in higher quality here). Rubio’s tweet is below, followed by his statement:

6/10.2014 Borinqueneers Tweet

“Awarding the Borinqueneers with a Congressional Gold Medal is a long overdue recognition. The Borinqueneers selflessly served during critical times in America’s history and defended the values of democracy and freedom, but as part of a segregated unit, their bravery and dedication failed to receive the appropriate recognition – until today.

“I am proud to have played a role in ensuring the Borinqueneers received the highest civilian award Congress can bestow. At the White House ceremony today, I had the honor of meeting Borinqueneers from across the country. I spoke with many Borinqueneers who are my constituents. Their enduring commitment to America humbles me, and I am proud to serve them. I join them and their families in marking this important day and celebrating this duly deserved tribute.”

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RUBIO CELEBRA LA FIRMA DE LA LEY QUE RECONOCE A LOS BORINQUENEERS

Washington, D.C. – El senador Marco Rubio (R-FL) hizo la siguiente declaración una vez que el presidente Obama firmó la ley que confiere la Medalla de Oro del Congreso al Regimiento 65 de Infanteria de los Borinqueneers.  La ley S.1174 se le envió al presidente el mes pasado luego de que el senado la aprobara.  Rubio fue uno de los proponentes de la ley.  

Los Borinqueneers fueron un regimiento hispano segregado, compuesto mayoritariamente por soldados puertoriqueños, los cuales no recibieron los mismos beneficios ni se les concedieron los honores que recibieron otros soldados a pesar de su servicio en la Primera Guerra Mundial, en la Segunda y en la Guerra de Corea.  

“La presentación de la Medalla de Oro del Congreso a los Borinqueneers es un reconocimiento con mucho tiempo de atraso. Los Borinqueneers sirvieron desinteresadamente durante momentos críticos en la historia de los Estados Unidos, defendiendo los valores de democracia y libertad, pero siendo parte de un regimiento segregado; su valentía y dedicación no recibió – hasta hoy – el reconocimiento merecido.  

“Me enorgullece haber jugado un papel en asegurarnos de que los Borinqueneers recibieran el mayor reconocimiento civil otorgado por el congreso. Hoy en la ceremonia de la Casa Blanca tuve el honor de conocer Borinqueneers que vinieron de todas partes del país. Conversé con varios Borinqueneers a quienes represento. Me siento humilde ante su constante compromiso con los Estados Unidos y me enorgullece poder servirles. Los acompaño a ellos y a sus familias en la celebración de este tributo bien merecido”.