A. Parra: Legal Permanent Residents as Peace Officers

Legal Permanent Residents as Peace Officers

By GALEO Student Intern, Andres Parra

*Peace officer: a civil officer appointed to preserve law and order, such as a sheriff or police officer.

When it comes to diversifying our police forces, we have made great progress. According to the Department of Justice the percentage of local police officers who were racial or ethnic minorities nearly doubled between 1987 and 2013 1. In fact, according to a New York Times article, of the largest police departments Atlanta had one of the smallest racial disparities in 2007 between its police department and its community2. All in all, a police force that looks like the community it serves is a good thing. It helps increase trust between the police force and the community. It also allows officers to overcome cultural barriers that may exist between them and residents in their jurisdictions. However, we still have a long way to go and nowhere is the cultural schism so great as between our police forces and immigrant communities. Allowing legal permanent residents to apply for these jobs could help minimize the cultural and linguistic barriers our officers face nationwide.

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GALEO Staffer to Work at FWD.us on Immigration Reform

GALEO Staffer to Work at FWD.us on Immigration Reform

By Program Manager Samuel Aguilar

In 2012, as an undergraduate intern for GALEO, I wrote a thesis on the topic of bipartisan immigration reform and proposed my own policy solution.  Based off the strength of my writing and GALEO’s network, it gained some attention and I presented my proposal at various southeastern public policy and immigration conferences.  Now, after almost two years of working full time at GALEO, I’ll be heading to Florida to work on federal immigration reform with FWD.us – quite literally a dream come true.  It’s a bittersweet moment for me as I prepare to take my career to the next level while leaving behind the organization and state that gave me countless opportunities to prove myself.

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NALEO Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Texas v. United States

NALEO Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Texas v. United States

OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2016
CONTACT:
Paula Valle Castañon, pvalle@naleo.org
(323) 253-6431 (cell)

Amanda Bosquez, abosquez@naleo.org
(361) 548-6989 (cell)

NALEO Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision in
Texas v. United States
Washington, D.C.The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Texas v. United States:

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National Immigration Forum: Supreme Court Rules Leaves Expanded Deferred Action in Limbo

For Immediate Release                    Contact: Cathleen Farrell, 202-403-4190
June 23, 2016

Supreme Court Rules Leaves Expanded Deferred Action in Limbo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a 4-4 tie in U.S. v. Texas, the case challenging Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

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GALEO, Atlanta LGBT and Allied Organizations Joint Community Response to Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando

GALEO, Atlanta LGBT and Allied Organizations Joint Community Response to Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Atlanta LGBT and Allied Organizations Joint Community Response to Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando

June 13, 2016- Atlanta, GA – We are devastated to learn of the terrorist attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. As organizations and leaders in Atlanta, we keep the victims of this tragedy along with their loved ones and their community in our hearts and in our prayers.  This tragedy marks the largest mass shooting to date in US history.  Pulse, a gay dance club, was hosting ‘Latin Night’, which means that the overwhelming number of victims were people of color and members of the LGBT community.  This tragedy is a sobering reminder that although large legal advancements have been made for people in the LGBT community, the hatred and desire to cause harm to our community is alive, well and empowered.  There is much work ahead to wage peace through relationship building, dialogue and acts of solidarity in order to prevent this terrible harm from happening again.  This attack is part of a much larger pattern of violence in our country towards people who are perceived as ‘different.’   The ability of citizens to procure high-powered assault rifles, like the AR 15, increases the magnitude of violence that can be perpetrated by a single person. It is also fueled, in part, by the heated and hateful political rhetoric we continue to hear in public discourse.  We condemn this rhetoric and the violence that follows it and call for a new respectful dialogue in our country that honors the diversity among us and fosters peaceful interactions.   

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NATIONAL LATINO LEADERS DENOUNCE DONALD TRUMP’S ATTACKS ON JUDGE CURIEL

NATIONAL LATINO LEADERS DENOUNCE DONALD TRUMP’S ATTACKS ON JUDGE CURIEL

Groups Demand Apology for Curiel and Latino Community

 

June 8, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, leading national Latino organizations came together in a telephonic press briefing to denounce the racist rhetoric aimed at U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel by Donald Trump. On the call were NCLR (National Council of La Raza) President and CEO, Janet Murguía; Hispanic National Bar Association National President Robert T. Maldonado; Voto Latino President and CEO María Teresa Kumar; Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) President and General Counsel Thomas Saenz; National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) Chair Hector Sanchez; and Latino Victory Project Interim Director César Blanco.

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Asking for the labor of immigrants but BLOCKED immigration reform?

Asking for the labor of immigrants but U.S. Senator Isakson & Congressional delegation BLOCKED immigration reform?

Statement by Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO on May 9, 2016:

“This letter was sent to U.S. Dept. of Labor to expedite the processing of visas for immigrants to come and help Georgia’s farmers during this season.  However, U.S. Senator Isakson voted to BLOCK immigration reform when he had an opportunity to prevent this crisis. 

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Letter to Georgia Trend Magazine: Latinos won’t forget U.S. Sen. Perdue’s blocking of Judge Lopez

May 2016

In his recent interview with Georgia Trend, Senator Perdue discussed his rejection of Judge Dax Lopez’ nomination for a federal judgeship citing his appointment was “not the right thing to do.”  Although he didn’t provide further details, we are left to wonder whether it wasn’t the right thing to do for the people of our great country or for the Senator’s personal and political ambitions.  In our opinion, Judge Lopez was not given a fair chance to have a hearing with the U.S. Senate.

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Jerry Gonzalez: Register to Vote Today for the May 24th Elections

By:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO

Monday, April 25, 2016

This election cycle, Latinos and millennials in Georgia have the opportunity to be the change that they would like to see in their communities. These two voting blocks historically vote at rates much lower than the average population and some officials in Georgia are counting on that to remain true. The political power that rests within these groups has the potential to make races competitive in certain areas of the state where an incumbent usually runs unopposed.

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