A. Parra: The Power of the Georgia Latino Vote

The Power of the Georgia Latino Vote

By:  Andres Parra, GALEO Intern

September 2, 2016

Latinos are the largest minority in the U.S. The entire nation is looking at us to decide the national election, especially in what may become new swing states like Georgia. Everyone knows the power of the Latino vote but that power only counts when you cast your ballot. Despite this, immigration reform has still not progressed, Latino and other minority schools receive less funding than their white counterparts1, affordable health care still has a long way to go to create more affordable healthcare, and many other causes Latinos care about are lagging. You may ask, where is there opportunity for us to defeat this? In the 2012 presidential election only 48 percent of Hispanic eligible voters turned out to vote. When we start performing at the polls politicians will no longer be able to ignore the issues that most matter to our community.

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A. Parra: Georgia Latino Students Succeed

Georgia Latino Students Succeed

By:  Andres Parra, GALEO Intern

September 1, 2016

Latinos in the U.S. are extremely resilient and hardworking. A large majority of us are immigrants who have succeeded despite the linguistic and cultural struggles we have encountered, with only a fleeting dream and our own two hands. In the past ten years our community has made enormous strides of progress in this country in all areas. In education, our high school dropout rates have greatly decreased and our college enrollment has greatly increased 1. This is perhaps the greatest sign of our community’s progress because of the benefits a formal education can have not only on our own careers but for our communities and for generations to come after. Education is a great path towards social mobility, change, and if you want to study you can do it despite of your income level or legal status.

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A. Parra: Latinos, Orlando and Gun Control

Latinos, Orlando and Gun Control

By:  Andres Parra, GALEO Intern

August 18, 2016

The massacre in Orlando was a direct attack towards the LGBTQ and the United States. The majority of victims that night were Hispanic and because of that our community suffered with Orlando. This sad event is a reminder towards the easy access to guns in this country and how our community is disproportionately affected by those guns. Just in the year 2013, nearly 3.000 Latinos were killed by guns 1. Even though, as Latinos, we are less likely than blacks or whites in this country to own a gun, we are twice as likely to be a victim of a gun than whites 1, 2. It is then essential that as Latinos we become part of this life or death conversation and demand rational gun control in this country.

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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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