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GA Latino Organization Reacts to HB 87 Ruling

Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of GALEO, released a statement about the recent appeals court ruling on the controversial immigration law passed in 2011.

Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, released this statement regarding the 11th U.S. Circuit of Appeals federal court ruling on HB87:

"The ruling against HB87 is a big win for our communities now, and opens the door for future litigation to stop the 'show me your papers' racial profiling provisions in the law.   

We will not tolerate racial profiling in our state and will work with civil rights groups and the U.S. Department of Justice closely to monitor police activity all across the state with the help of community members.  In fact, community members who suspect racial profiling practices by law enforcement agencies can call our toll free hotline, 1-888-54GALEO, to leave a message for follow up.  All calls will be confidential and we will work with civil rights groups and the U.S. Department of Justice to file complaints against any jurisdiction in Georgia which implements racial profiling in their policing practices.  Most law enforcement officials that I have spoken to have said that HB87, as written, is nearly impossible to implement in a non-discriminatory manner.

To be clear, HB87 and the ruling authorizes, but does NOT require, law enforcement officers to ask about immigration status.  We do hope law enforcement officials will exercise discretion to uphold public safety for all and not work against their best intentions to promote healthy community policing.  Only through community trust throughout a jurisdiction will public safety be enhanced. 

Finally, as the Obama Administration did in Arizona immediately following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the Arizona law, GALEO calls on the Obama Administration for an immediate suspension of all 287(g) agreements in Georgia and the suspension of Secure Communities because of the recent ruling and because of the documented racial profiling that has become apparent with these programs.  With this ruling, a continuation of these federal programs will only encourage discriminatory racial profiling across the state.  We urge the Obama Administration to end these federal programs in Georgia."    

Legal Randy August 23, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I encourage our president to return our troops from the middle east and place them on our borders to stop the "illegal" invasion of our country.Then and only then will we no longer have issues like this to worry about..
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino August 25, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Hmmm....seems like they would first have to arrest you Randy, and me, and Governor Deal, and every other American who looked the other way and invited them here for cheap and productive labor, and who benefited from that labor--I guess that includes every American, every American company, every American govt entity--all of us!!! Oh well Randy...I guess I'll see you in the concentration camps...or maybe they will put us on Reservations.
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino August 25, 2012 at 06:29 AM
Thank you Jerry Gonzalez for standing up for true justice! And thank you to the Cobb Police Dept who said they will not ask Cobb residents for their immigration papers and that they don't care about that because---in fact, this "law" makes their job harder and decreases public safety for all of us. (I wonder if you have to be smarter than a 5th grader to be a state legislator.)

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