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


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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,

(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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