MALDEF Statement on Trump’s Nativist Speech Falsely Claiming ‘Crisis’ at Southern Border

PRESS STATEMENT
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Jan. 8, 2019 CONTACT:
Sandra Hernandez: (213) 629-2512 x. 129
shernandez@maldef.org

Tony Marcano: (213) 629-2512 x.128
amarcano@maldef.org

MALDEF Statement on Trump’s Nativist Speech Falsely Claiming ‘Crisis’ at Southern Border

(LOS ANGELES) – Please attribute the following statement on Donald Trump’s fear-mongering speech in response to an imaginary “crisis” at the southern border to Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund):

“As expected, tonight Donald Trump delivered a short televised message packed with obfuscation, deception, and dog whistles, all in service of a profligate agenda to force U.S. taxpayers to construct an unneeded and expensive monument to racism and xenophobia. From the 2015 commencement of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has lied consistently about our southern border and those who cross it. The truth is that Donald Trump has no interest in facts or wise policy when it comes to immigration. His only interest is to dehumanize people who seek a better life for themselves and their children, all in search of a solution to his dwindling popularity and his increasing inability to find anyone who will work in his administration, even at the highest levels.

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Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO’s Executive Director, named as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians”

 

Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO’s Executive Director, named as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians”

For the 7th time, Georgia Trend Magazine named Jerry Gonzalez for his work with GALEO

Press Statement

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, jerry@galeo.org

(Norcross, Georgia) – January 2, 2019  – For a seventh time, Georgia Trend Magazine has named Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2019.

“As the Latino community continues to significantly grow in Georgia, the effort to activate and engage the Latino electorate is critical.  Jerry Gonzalez has been spearheading this work for over 15 years and as a result, Georgia has experienced a significant increase in Latino voter turnout and in the number of Latino elected officials.   On behalf of GALEO’s Board of Directors, we congratulate Jerry for being recognized as one of Georgia’s 100 Most Influential Georgians.  We are excited and proud to have Jerry’s contributions to the state once again recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine.  And we look forward to Jerry’s consistent leadership with the support of the GALEO staff and GALEO members across our state,”  said Jason Esteves, Chair of GALEO and Chair of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education.

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2018 GALEO Year in Review

2018 GALEO Year in Review

January 2:

January 3:

  • Maria Palacios, GALEO, attended coalition for a Hate Free Georgia.
  • Maria Palacios, GALEO, met with Southern Poverty Law Center to discuss legislative efforts.
  • J. Gonzalez, GALEO, interviewed by Univision 34 Atlanta regarding hate crimes legislation proposed in the Georgia Legislature that GALEO supports.
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MARYLAND FEDERAL COURT REJECTS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S REQUEST TO END LAWSUIT CHALLENGING CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION

MARYLAND FEDERAL COURT REJECTS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S REQUEST TO END LAWSUIT CHALLENGING CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION

GALEO proud to be one of the co-plaintiffs

 

December 19, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) – A federal court in Maryland today rejected a second bid by the Trump administration to toss out a lawsuit challenging the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

U.S. District Court Judge George J. Hazel’s ruling denying the government’s motion for summary judgment clears the way for a January 22, 2019 trial to determine if the addition of a citizenship question is unconstitutional, discriminatory, or motivated by racial animus.

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The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) has joined the ACLU in calling for an investigation into the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan child taken into custody by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a very remote part of New Mexico last Friday.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) has joined the ACLU in calling for an investigation into the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan child taken into custody by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a very remote part of New Mexico last Friday.

 

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December 14, 2018

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) has joined the ACLU in calling for an investigation into the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan child taken into custody by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a very remote part of New Mexico last Friday. The girl, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, did not receive emergency care for an-hour-and-a-half and later died from severe dehydration and septic shock after a strenuous journey crossing the border with her father. They were part of a group of 163 people who were turning themselves in to border agents.
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U.S. Census Bureau Needs Confidentiality to Fulfill Constitutional Mandate of Counting Every Person in Nation

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November 20, 2018
CONTACT:
Paula Valle Castanon, pvalle@naleo.org
(213) 747-7606 ext. 114, (323) 253-6431 (cell)Amanda Bosquez, abosquez@naleo.org
(202) 546-2536, (361) 548-6989 (cell)

U.S. Census Bureau Needs Confidentiality to Fulfill Constitutional Mandate of Counting Every Person in Nation

Calling into question confidentiality of information collected by census raises serious concerns over motivations behind addition of citizenship question

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Federal Judge Grants Emergency TRO to Halt Illegal Mail Ballot Rejections in Gwinnett County Court finds that the process of rejecting ballots due to an omitted or incorrect birth year violates the Civil Rights Act.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2018

Federal Judge Grants Emergency TRO to Halt Illegal Mail Ballot Rejections in Gwinnett County Court finds that the process of rejecting ballots due to an omitted or incorrect birth year violates the Civil Rights Act.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, partnering with the Coalition for Good Governance, secured an important win for voters in Gwinnett County. On Sunday, November 11th, the groups filed an emergency motion seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent officials in Gwinnett County from rejecting absentee ballots containing immaterial errors or omissions. Today, Judge Leigh Martin May granted the request, finding that Gwinnett County’s process of rejecting absentee ballots on the basis of an omitted or incorrect birth year violates the Civil Rights Act. The court orders that these ballots be counted in the November 6th election. “For the public to have confidence in our electoral process, it is critical that every vote be counted and that every voice be heard,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Yet officials in communities like Gwinnett County remain bent on erecting unnecessary barriers for voters and continue to take extraordinary steps to justify their rejection of absentee ballots. From the start, we observed that Gwinnett County officials were rejecting absentee mail ballots cast by minority voters at far higher rates than that for white voters. This is an outcome that can only be explained along lines of race. Our democracy works when every vote is counted and we will continue to fight against the ongoing voter suppression attempts that we are witnessing across Georgia this election season.” The temporary restraining order was issued as part of a lawsuit filed in October challenging the extraordinarily high rate of rejections of absentee mail ballots in Georgia and, in particular, the rejection of ballots cast by minority voters by Gwinnett County. The defendants are Georgia Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden, members of the Georgia State Board of Elections, and members of the Gwinnett County Board of Registration and Elections.

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GALEO Institute for Leadership Graduated 31 New Leaders In the State of Georgia

GALEO Institute for Leadership Graduated 31 New Leaders In the State of Georgia
Graduates join 635 alumni of the GALEO Institute for Leadership

Press Release

 

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, jerry@galeo.org

 

(Atlanta, Georgia) – November 13, 2018 – GALEO graduated 31 new leaders from the GALEO Institute for Leadership (GIL), which held a graduation reception on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Latin American Association.

 

This is the 19th group of graduates resulting from GALEO’s leadership development efforts. The total number of GALEO Institute for Leadership alumni now stands at 635 people from across the state.

 

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