Latinx Reps in the Winter 2022 Beijing Olympics

By Rafael Vargas

As the Winter Olympics 2022 are celebrated in Beijing, many Latinxs athletes represent our communities and countries while breaking barriers and aiming for gold medals. 

Donovan Carrillo, a Mexican figure skater, proudly represents his town of Guadalajara. Donovan had always been told from a young age to pursue soccer since attempting to practice a winter sport in Guadalajara seemed unreal. However, Donovan strengthened his skills by going through the challenging obstacle of not having a proper rink to practice. Through his strong perseverance, Donovan was able to amaze the world with a career-best performance at Capital Indoor Stadium, featuring a “well-executed quad toe loop and difficult triple axel” (Ho 2022). This allowed him to advance to the longer free skate competition, an accomplishment that hasn’t been seen from a Mexican figure skater in over three decades. 

Sarah Escobar is a young freshman at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont who has represented her parents’ home country Ecuador as an alpine skier. Ever since she was 3, Sarah has strived to perform excellently in her education and skiing. Escobar not only has the honor of being the first student from Saint Michael’s to represent them at the Olympic Games, but she will go down in history as the first woman to compete as a representative of Ecuador in the Winter Olympics (Mikrut 2022). 

Edson Bindilatti had never seen snow before becoming one of Brazil’s finest bobsledders. In 1999, he was a decathlete who dreamed of representing his country at the Olympics. Eric Maleson, considered one of the first to represent Brazil in winter sports, approached Bindilatti to participate in the bobsled team. Ever since then, Edson has participated in four Olympics and will join in Beijing alongside Erick Gilson Vianna Jeronimo, Rafael Souza da Silva and Edson Ricardo Martins (Sandoval 2022).

The Olympics is a time of celebrating athletes who have cemented themselves as the best of the best and cheering on the up and coming rising stars from across the world. With so many new Latinx athletes ready to impress the world, this Olympic season is worthy of being written in the history books.

Works Cited

Ho, Sally. “Mexican Skater is a Rare Latin American at Winter Olympics.” AP News, 9 February 2022,

Sandoval, Ana. “Beijing Olympics 2022: Latinx Athletes to Look Out For.” Latina, 4 February 2022,

Mikrut, Kayci. “Saint Michael’s Freshman Represents Ecuador as Lone Olympian in Beijing.” NCAA, 3 February 2022,

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The Latino Contribution to Tax Season

By Jennifer Silva

The 2022 tax filing season began on January 24th and will continue until the final deadline on April 18th. As the tax season is in session, the Latino community’s contribution to the U.S. economy and the Internal Revenue Service has been one of the most significant contributors (Power of the Purse: How Hispanics contribute to the U.S. Economy, 2017).

According to the research, “Power of the Purse: How Hispanics Contribute to the U.S. Economy,” Hispanic households account for some of the largest portions of America’s spending power. Spending power is the degree to which people have money to spend on products and services.  The research shows that in 2015, Hispanics had an estimated after-tax income of more than $687.8 billion to spend. With the growing earnings of the Hispanic community, many Hispanic households contributed almost $215 billion to U.S. tax revenues as a whole, including nearly $76 billion in state and local tax payments (Power of the Purse: How Hispanics Contribute to the U.S. Economy, 2017).

Regardless of status in the United States, the Hispanic community contributes to the IRS every year by filing their taxes either using social security or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). The IRS created ITIN in 1996 so people who aren’t allowed to work in the United States could still file taxes on any money they earned (Campbell, 2017). It is important to note that the IRS does not share ITIN information with immigration authorities.

In 2010, the IRS reported that about 3 million ITIN holders paid more than $870 million in income taxes, which account for about 12 million immigrants living in the US  (Campbell, 2017). The money collected from undocumented workers who pay sales and property taxes funds public and local government services. According to an analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, it has added up to about $10.6 billion in state and local taxes (Campbell, 2017). 

The Hispanic community also plays an essential role in sustaining America’s Medicare and Social Security programs by paying taxes. In 2015,  the Hispanic household contributed $101.8 billion to Social Security and $25.3 billion to Medicare’s core trust fund (Power of the Purse: How Hispanics Contribute to the U.S. Economy, 2017). In 2013, the Social Security agency reviewed how much money undocumented workers contributed to the retirement trust fund and found a contribution of $13 billion in one year  (Campbell, 2017). Undocumented workers do not benefit from the money they contribute to the agency. 

As the Hispanic community is a significant contributor to the U.S. economy, a study released by California Lutheran University in 2019 noted that Latinos accounted for 82% of the growth in U.S. labor-force participation between 2010 and 2017, despite accounting for less than 20% of the country’s overall population (Imbert, 2019). With the growth of the Hispanic community in the workforce, the economic contribution of the U.S. Latino community is showing a significant impact on the economy through tax seasons. 

Throughout February, March, and April, the IRS encourages everyone to have all the information they need in hand to make sure they file a complete and accurate return.  According to the IRS, having an accurate tax return can avoid processing delays, refund delays, and later IRS notices.

For any other questions or concerns regarding the IRS and tax season, check out the IRS website – 

Works Cited

“2022 Tax Filing Season Begins Jan. 24; IRS Outlines Refund Timing and What to Expect in Advance of April 18 Tax Deadline.” Internal Revenue Service,

Campbell, Alexia Fernández. “Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes Too. Here’s How They Do It.” Vox, Vox, 17 Apr. 2017,

Imbert, Fred. “Latinos May Be the Key to Future US Economic Growth, Study Argues.” CNBC, CNBC, 26 Sept. 2019,

“Power of the Purse: How Hispanics Contribute to the U.S. Economy.” New American Economy Research Fund, 19 Dec. 2017, 

NOTE: The opinions expressed in this blog are the opinions of the author only. It is not to be assumed that the opinions are those of GALEO or the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund. For the official position on any issue for GALEO, please contact Jerry Gonzalez, CEO of GALEO at

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The 2022 Elections

By Tania Ramirez

Although the presidential election has passed, 2022 is still an essential year for Georgia. This year, Georgia will be having a general election, in which voters will be able to vote for state executive offices, such as the governor. In addition, voters will vote during the Senate election to fill Raphael Warnock’s seat. The primary election, which “is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party’s candidate for elected office to run in the general election” (Georgia Elections, 2022), will be held on May 24th, 2022, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Georgia has an open primary system, meaning registered voters do not need to be members of a party to vote within that party’s primary. If no candidate wins a majority of the votes during the primary, a runoff will occur on June 21st, 2022. Registration to vote must be completed at least 28 days before the election. It can be completed online at, or submit a paper form to a local county registration office. 

Following the primaries, the general election will occur on November 8th, 2022. The poll times will be the same as the primaries from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Just like presidential elections, voting in general elections is essential. By voting, citizens participate in the democratic process to vote for leaders they feel will best represent them and their ideas. Will you be voting this year during the 2022 elections?

Works Cited

“Georgia Elections, 2022.” Ballotpedia,,_2022. 

“Georgia Voter Identification requirements2: Elections.” Georgia Voter Identification Requirements2 | Elections,        

“Register to Vote: Elections.” Register To Vote | Elections, 


NOTE: The opinions expressed in this blog are the opinions of the author only. It is not to be assumed that the opinions are those of GALEO or the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund. For the official position on any issue for GALEO, please contact Jerry Gonzalez, CEO of GALEO at

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ICE Facilities have become Hotspots of the Coronavirus

By Rafael Vargas

People have been encouraged to keep their distance from others during these difficult times as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the US. These precautions have become even more highly advised with the new omicron strain, which spreads more quickly than the original virus. Despite the ever-growing number of cases here in the States, thousands of immigrants are still taken to ICE detention centers, where they are herded into compact cells and easily exposed to the virus. Over the past year, the number of cases has skyrocketed in immigration detention centers by over 800 percent (Sacchetti 2022).

The number of people who have fallen victim to the coronavirus inside the detention centers has grown exponentially. The case numbers were close to 2,100 in May of 2021, but the number has expanded to over 3,000 during the beginning of 2022 (Sacchetti 2022). ICE officials claim that detainees bring in the virus as an overwhelming number of new individuals are forced into close contact with unexposed people. Yet, it has been noted by medical advisors that the rules inside the facility have been lenient on the use of face masks, does not have enough tests at the ready, and lack a proper plan to prevent the constant spread of the virus (Montoya-Galvez 2022).

ICE has stated that they have gotten a better grasp of the situation by increasing the number of vaccines administered since last year while allowing detainees with preexisting medical conditions to be set free from the facilities. According to government records, however, “there were 5,200 immigrants in ICE detention as of late December whose health issues or age placed them at higher risk of getting severely ill or dying […]” (Montoya Galvez 2022). Another cause of the massive spread of the virus within these detention centers is the lack of education provided to the immigrants regarding immunizations. Records unpublished by ICE say that around 37 percent of detainees refuse the vaccine. Dr. Scott Allen, a medical expert for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, advises that it is crucial to have vaccines available to the detainees, “but it must be coupled with effective education and counseling to overcome skepticism and confusion regarding COVID and vaccinations[.]” (Montoya-Galvez 2022).


Works Cited

Montoya-Galvez, Camilo. “Coronavirus Infections Inside U.S. Immigration Detention Centers Surge by 520% in 2022.” CBS News, 14 January 2022,

Sacchetti, Maria. “Covid Infections Surge in Immigration Detention Facilities.” The Washington Post, 1 February, 2022,


NOTE: The opinions expressed in this blog are the opinions of the author only. It is not to be assumed that the opinions are those of GALEO or the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund. For the official position on any issue for GALEO, please contact Jerry Gonzalez, CEO of GALEO at

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Latino Electorate Trends in 2022


Latino Electorate Trends in 2022

Recently, the AJC published an article discussing the changes in Georgia’s voting trends as the 2022 election approaches. GALEO would like to elaborate and clarify some of the data presented in the article.

In the 2020 election cycle, the Latino electorate in Georgia grew significantly. “THE GEORGIA LATINO ELECTORATE GROWS IN POWER” report, published by GALEO, revealed that the Latino electorate became more politically and civically conscious. As of March 5th, 2021, the Latino electorate had 385,185 registered voters, 4.1% of Georgia’s total voters.

The Latinx electorate grew by 140,995 new voters since the 2016 report, presenting a growth rate of 57.7%. On a national level, the Latino vote increased by 6 million voters since the 2016 election cycle, approaching a record number of 18.7 million voters in 2020. Reportedly, one in 10 voters was Latino in 2020. Additionally, younger Latinos ages 18 to 40, with about 2.4 million voters, were first-time and newly registered voters. The Latina vote was vital in many battleground states like Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Georgia.

According to the 2020 census, Georgia was among the top five states gaining population in the past decade. Despite the well-documented undercounting of racial and ethnic minorities in the 2020 Census, the results show that the state’s Black population increased by 12.5%, Latinx population by 31.6%, and Asian American Pacific Islander (“AAPI”) population by 52.3%, while Georgia’s white population decreased by 4%.

The Latinx electorate in Georgia has also been outperforming the national Latino voter participation rate for several elections cycles. In addition, recent analyses of the 2020 election indicated a strong preference for Biden across Latinx, Black, and Asian demographics state and nationwide. Georgia’s Latinos were a critical demographic contributing to Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s win over Donald Trump. According to the 2020 American Election Eve Poll, President Biden received the support of 69 percent of the state’s Latino voters. Latinos were also a key demographic during the 2021 U.S. Senate Runoff in Georgia, where Democrat Jon Ossoff defeated Republican Senator David Perdue and Democrat Ralph Warnock defeated Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler. 162,155 Latinos voted during the U.S. Senate Runoff special elections.

For more information on exact numbers and details of voting trends, please get in touch with Jerry Gonzalez at


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January 6, 2022


Erik Medina

Communications Manager








GAINESVILLE, GA – Citizens of Hall County will now have the opportunity to participate in early voting during a Sunday for the first time. During the primary races in May, the Board of Elections and Registrations of Hall County authorized early Sunday voting from May 2nd to May 20th. Additionally, Sunday early voting will take place on May 8th and May 15th.


“We applaud efforts by Hall County Board of Elections to expand access to early voting to include two Sundays for the primary elections. We also hope they will extend early voting options for the General Election to provide greater opportunities for voters in Hall County to exercise their right to vote. The expansion of early voting provides greater access to all Hall County voters to vote in our upcoming elections,” stated Jerry Gonzalez, CEO of GALEO and GALEO Impact Fund.


For more information on early voting, absentee ballots, and elections in Hall County, visit



GALEO is a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, founded in 2003. GALEO strives for a better Georgia where the Latinx community is engaged civically. GALEO contributions increase civic participation of the Latinx community and develop prominent Latino leaders throughout Georgia. – 678.691.1086


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The Omicron Variant

By Jimena Somilleda 

Over the course of the past month, the World Health Organization has deemed the Omicron Variant of COVID-19, a “variant of concern.” The Omicron Variant was first detected after extensive research campaigns in South Africa (Jacobs 2021). Much is still unknown about this new variant, however, many professionals and world leaders have come out and made public statements about plans for a potential surge in Omicron Varient Cases.

The Omicron Variant was first identified in Botswana, South Africa, and has since prompted concern for many health professionals around the world. Since its discovery, the World Health Organization has labeled the Omicron Variant as a variant of concern (Jacobs 2021). The Omicron Variant has been reported to have very similar symptoms to the Delta and Alpha variant of COVID-19 (CDC 2021). In addition, to the discovery of this variant, many world leaders are preparing to create plans for a potential lockdown to prevent the potential extremes of the Omicron variant.

This variant is very new and much about the severity of this variant is still unknown. As of now, there are no reported cases of the Omicron Variant of COVID-19 in the United States, but many cities around the country are preparing for what this variant may bring. Currently, President Biden does not anticipate any sort of lockdown protocol in response to the Omicron Variant. However, in order to prevent this variant from making its way to the U.S., Biden has implemented a travel ban from South Africa (Sangal 2021). In response to the severity of the Omicron variant, New York has reinstated and is reinforcing its indoor mask mandate and vaccination efforts (Sangal 2021).

The CDC has advised the general public to wear a mask indoors and in the setting of big groups of people. Additionally, it is advised to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and obtain a booster dose of the vaccine for adults over 18 years old (CDC 2021).

Works Cited

Jacobs, Andrew. What We Know about the New Covid Variant, Omicron – the …

Macaya, Melissa, et al. “November 29, 2021 Omicron Covid-19 Variant News.” CNN, Cable News Network, 30 Nov. 2021,

“Update on Omicron.” World Health Organization, World Health Organization,

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DACA Students in Georgia

By Jimena Somilleda

In 2012, President Barack Obama implemented the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as a measure to protect people who were brought into the United States as children from deportation. The protection under DACA lasts for two years and can be renewed. Although this program is not a pathway to citizenship it has provided many DACA recipients with immunity to deportation, health insurance, and access to higher education (Nieto 2020).

However, under the University System of Georgia, DACA and undocumented students are banned from attending a handful of private and public higher education institutions. This policy poses a barrier for many DACA students to pursue higher education.

As of 2012, the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6 states “a person who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible for admission to any University System institution”. Additionally, the state of Georgia bans undocumented students from attending USG schools such as the University of Georgia, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Although some schools do allow DACA students to make up part of their student body, they oftentimes require these students to pay out-of-state tuition. This can be more than triple the amount their peers pay in tuition at the same institution (Williams 2021). USG policy provides a huge barrier for DACA students to pursue post-secondary education. In addition, the small number of institutions in which DACA students are permitted admission must pay out-of-state tuition. These financial and institutional factors oftentimes make it very difficult and nearly impossible for DACA students in Georgia to pursue higher education.

Although there appear to be many obstacles for DACA students to achieve their goals towards higher education, there is potential for amendments to these policies. In October of 2021, the Georgia State House held a hearing for a pitch to allow DACA students to pay in-state tuition. This would significantly simplify the journey to pursue higher education for DACA students in Georgia (Williams 2021). If this bill were to be approved more than 15,000 students would benefit from this new policy.

Overall, the current policy by the USG inhibits many DACA students from pursuing an education beyond a high school diploma. Many DACA students know the United States to be their only home. However, policies similar to those of the USG marginalize DACA students across the state and prevent many DACA students to pursue professional and academic careers.


Works Cited

Nieto, Giulia Mcdonnel. “What is Daca? And Where Does It Stand Now?” The New York Times, The New York Times, 18 June 2020,

Pasquarello, Jessica. “How the States’ Higher Education System Hurts Both Undocumented Students and Itself .” How the State’s Higher Education System Hurts Both Undocumented Students and Itself, 8 Dec. 2020, ocumented-students-and-itself/.

Millsaps, John. “University System of Georgia.” Regents Adopt New Policies on Undocumented Students | Communications | University System of Georgia, 13 Oct. 2010, nts.

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COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

By Jimena Somilleda

In early 2021, doses of a vaccine to defend against the novel Cornavirus disease, were beginning to be administered. Pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson were among the first to roll out a vaccine to combat COVID-19. Doses were administered to the public in waves, determined by factors such as health conditions, careers in the health care field, and age. After nearly a year of administering doses of a COVID-19 vaccines, the vaccine is now available for children ages 5 and up.

In November of 2021, the CDC published an official statement which recommends all children ages 5 and up to get vaccinated against COVID-19. As of now only doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been approved and deemed safe for this age demographic. According to the CDC, vaccinating children is essential to putting a halt to the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although children are at a lower risk, the CDC still advices parents to vaccinate their children to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others, to diminish the possibility of short-term or long-term health complications from COVID-19, and to prevent the probability of children contracting COVID-19 in the first place. The CDC also encourages the vaccination of children against COVID-19 to keep children healthy while attending school, and to prevent children from bringing COVID-19 from their schools to their families. In many cases, vaccinating children can also significantly decrease the spread of COVID-19 to family members who are of high risk or cannot get vaccinated due to previous health complications.

In the fall of 2021, with the reinstatement of in-person instruction in schools, many parents were weary on sending their children to school without the defense of a vaccine. The debate of the effectiveness of vaccines, especially the COVID-19 vaccines, has been a trending topic among parents. Some parents have been waiting for children to be able to be vaccinated against COVID-19 while on the contrary, other parents fear that vaccinating their children could cause serious health issues. As a former educator, the First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, is encouraging parents across the country to vaccinate their children in a preventative effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Biden is urging parents to vaccinate their children by affirming that the vaccine has been thoroughly tested and safe to be administered to children (Stableford 2021). Biden continues in her efforts to promote the vaccination of children, by stating that by vaccinating children, children will be able to return to a normal way of life they were once used to (Stableford 2021).

With the introduction of the administration of COVID-19 vaccines for children many parents are on the fence about whether or not vaccinating their children is what is best. The CDC and the FDA have both provided extensive research and the results from rigorous testing to inform parents about the security of the COVID-19 vaccine for children (Mayo Clinic 2021). For further information about the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine for children please visit.



“Covid-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ml.

“Covid-19 Vaccines for Kids: What You Need to Know.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 10 Nov. 2021, for-kids/art-20513332.

Stableford, Dylan. “Jill Biden Urges Parents to Get Their Kids Vaccinated against COVID.”

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Latinx Representation in the Media

By Jimena Somilleda

Latinx representation has been lacking in the modern media for a long time in Hollywood, in journalism, and in the news. This underrepresentation of Latinxs in the media is an inaccurate portrayal of the presence and impact that Latinxs have in the United States, while also emphasizing negative stereotypes and colorism. The underrepresentation of Latinxs in American media perpetuates a certain standard of Latinidad and beauty which can cause identity issues within the Latinx and Hispanic community. 

As shown by the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau, the Latinx community is one of the fastest-growing communities in the United States. Despite this, the representation of Latinxs in media such as film, television, and journalism has remained stagnant since the twentieth century (Martinez 2021). As shown in a report on diversity in Hollywood by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Latinxs are actively working in film and TV; however, only less than 13% of all Latinx actors and entertainers get hired (Martinez 2021). A popular thought among many casting directors in Hollywood is that Latinxs are foreigners. This perception of Latinxs turns many directors and networks away from hiring Latinx talent, especially when their target audience is the American general public.  

The lack of representation of the Latinx community in mainstream American media disperses an inaccurate portrayal of Latinxs in the United States. The underrepresentation of Latinxs in the media sends out the idea that few Latinxs are in the United States. When the general American public is under the impression that the Latinx community is outnumbered, it perpetuates the idea that they are a marginalized minority with little to no impact in their communities. This notion is false, as exemplified by influential Latinxs who are changing their communities, such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Bad Bunny, and many more (NPR 2021). 

The minimal representation of the Latinx community in the United States also tends to perpetuate colorism to and from the Latinx community. In many instances, Latinxs in the media are frequently fair-skinned white Latinxs. While the inclusion of Latinxs is progressive, it neglects indigenous and Afro-Latinx communities, consequently setting a eurocentric beauty standard for the Latinx community(Castillo 2021). When Latinxs see this, it causes identity confusion and disconnects when one cannot relate to what the media is demonstrating to be Latinx. For example, in Alfonso Cuarón’s film, Roma, the lead role was given to indigenous Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio. The film’s release received a lot of backlash and criticism for casting an indigenous woman in the leading role (Castillo 2021). Many Latinxs all over the world have indigenous roots and embrace an indigenous culture. To become aware of all of the criticism towards the casting of an indigenous actress in an Oscar-winning film can influence someone into thinking they don’t fit in within their community. 

Many instances of misrepresentation exist of the Latinx community. These misrepresentations set a standard of what Latinx is supposed to look like despite the vast diversity within the Latinx community. There is little representation of the Latinx community in mainstream media, and its ramifications have been evident.

Works Cited

Castillo, Monica. “The Limitations of ‘Latinidad’: How Colorism Haunts ‘in the Heights.’” NPR

NPR, 15 June 2021, 

Martinez, Vanessa, and Aida Ylanan. “Long Underrepresented in Film and TV, Latinos Are 

Falling Further Behind.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021, 

Press, The Associated. “The Lack of Latinos in Media Could Affect How Others View Them, the 

Government Says.” NPR, NPR, 22 Sept. 2021, 

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