Sanders nabs endorsement from Congressional Hispanic Caucus member

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Sanders still sees 'narrow path' to Democratic presidential nomination Tenants call on lawmakers to pass rent freezes MORE (I-Vt.) nabbed an endorsement from Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Ill.), who will join him in campaigning in Nevada in the days ahead of the caucuses. 

The Illinois progressive, who was a big supporter of Sanders in the 2016 presidential race, expressed his support of the Vermont senator Thursday. García’s announcement makes him the second member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to back Sanders. 

García said he is supporting the Vermont progressive because he is “consistent,” “has the courage to pursue real change” and “will always choose the people over political gain or expediency.”

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“For me and for a majority of communities across our country, defeating Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE and reversing his inhumane immigration policies is not only urgent, it is personal,” García said in a statement. “Bernie Sanders is the only person who can unite a coalition capable of defeating Donald Trump and can ensure that our country never again rips children from the arms of their families.”

Sanders said in a release that he is “proud” to have García’s support.

“At a time when Donald Trump continues to use hateful rhetoric and the power of the federal government to divide up our country and terrorize immigrants at the border and in our communities, we need more leaders like Chuy,” he said. 

Sanders and García have campaigned together since 2015, when Sanders backed García to win the Chicago mayoral race in 2015, according to the Chicago Sun-Times

The first, and only other, Congressional Hispanic Caucus member to back Sanders was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus Ocasio-Cortez blasts coronavirus stimulus package as 'shameful' on House floor Oil price drop threatens US fracking boom MORE (D-N.Y.). The Vermont progressive has eight endorsements from members of Congress.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll The Memo: Political world grapples with long coronavirus shutdown The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate control MORE leads in the number of congressional endorsements, with 47.