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.