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The Faces of Civic Engagement

Samuel Pittman: GALEO Intern

August 14th, 2018


As my time as a GALEO intern comes to an end, I have learned a lot about the Latinx community, the impact policy has on our friends and neighbors, and how we all can play a role in shaping a better future for generations to come.


Families Belong Together – A Recap of The Trump Administration’s Family-deterring Zero Tolerance Policy

Luis Otero: GALEO Intern

Monday, August 8th, 2018


Families Belong Together


As the Trump administration continues to deal with the influx of asylum seekers at its southern border, the extent of the practices and means by which it chooses to do this have come into public scrutiny. Outcries pointing to immoral and inhumane treatment by law enforcement agencies of those arrested attempting to cross continue to bring attention to the problem. Families are being torn apart with young children being separated from their parents. This has raised questions of the constitutionality of these measures, and many pro-immigrant advocacy groups have started protesting and denouncing these actions. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has taken legal action against U.S. immigration authorities in a lawsuit challenging the separation of families. All this following U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions’, May announcement of deciding to criminally prosecute 100 percent of all cases of illegal border crossings. This “zero tolerance” policy, as it has come to be known, not only puts the immigration issue front and center of national political headlines, but it also has called for an increased push for humane and decent treatment of immigrants and refugees as it pertains to both national and international standards.


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