Press Statement: Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO’s Executive Director, Condemns President’s Racist Comments

Press Statement: Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO’s Executive Director, Condemns President’s Racist Comments

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO,, 678.691.1086.

January 12, 2018  (Atlanta, GA) After an announcement of a bipartisan group of Senators working on an immigration deal, Senators were back at the White House meeting with the Trump Administration to discuss the agreements made.  During that meeting on Thursday in the Oval Office of the White House, the President made racist comments regarding immigrants from Africa, Haiti and El Salvador while praising those from Norway.


Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, responds with the following statement:


“We are deeply troubled, disturbed but not surprised that the President of the United States of America would once again make racist and white supremacist remarks against immigrants.  Our values as a nation are to honor our diversity as a strength and not to demonize nor marginalize immigrants from other parts of the world.  Clearly, the President does not hold those same values.


While we strongly condemn the President for his tarnishing of the Office of the Presidency with such vile and racist language, we encourage our Congressional leaders not to be distracted by his latest outburst and continue work on the passage of a DREAM Act that does not come at the expense of family-based migration.”




GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia.

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1/12/18:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, on “A Closer Look” with Rose Scott on WABE.

1/12/18: “Perdue says he doesn’t recall Trump’s controversial Haiti comments”

CNN, Anderson Cooper:  “Let me be clear tonight. The people of Haiti have been through more… withstood more — they’ve fought back against more injustice than our President ever has.” Anderson Cooper choked back tears as he reflected on the devastating quake nearly 8 years ago

“Utah’s Mia Love, the only Haitian-American in Congress, says Trump should apologize for his ‘s—hole’ comment”


U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ):

GOP Rep. Steve Womack told 40/29 News he wished Pres. Trump had phrased his remarks about Haiti and African nations differently, but that he agrees with what he thinks the president meant.


White Supremacists Praise Trump’s Inflammatory Immigration Remarks


GOP senator: Trump ‘owes the people of Haiti and all of mankind an apology’



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