September 26, 2015

Senator Judson Hill sends letter to Senator Perdue (and Senator Isakson) in opposition to nominate Dax Lopez to federal bench in Georgia

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Letter from Sen Judson Hill

September 25, 2015

THE ILLEGAL ALIEN LOBBY – A beginners guide to GALEO #9: How active is GALEO in the anti-enforcement business? A snapshot from the GALEO website: “2010 has been a remarkable year. Here are a few highlights we can be proud of as an organization…”

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Each year, the GALEO anti-enforcement activists sends out a list of the “highlights” of their activism. Below are some taken from the GALEO end-of-year boast from December 2010

GALEO (partial) narrative of ‘accomplishments’ end of 2010 HERE

GALEO Newsletter
December 2, 2010
Dear Jerry,

“Thank you for your interest, support and dedication to GALEO & the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund. 2010 has certainly been a fantastic year and we are glad to continue to look forward to growing strength and engagement across the Latino community in Georgia.

* Please take a moment to support the DREAM Act! This federal legislation could impact 74,000 youth in Georgia alone, over 2 million nationwide. For additional information and action you can take, please call 1-866-996-5161 to reach your US Senators or call 1-866-967-6018 to reach your U.S. Representative. More information is posted here (courtesy of the White House).

* 2010 has been a remarkable year. Here are a few highlights we can be proud of as an organization:

*We started off 2010 with an aggressive Immigration Reform Week of Action from January 12-20, 2010.

*We continued our work and on March 20, 2010, we helped coordinate with GLAHR & ABLE a Georgia delegation of 22 buses and over 1,200 Georgians went to Washington D.C. March for America in support of comprehensive immigration reform.

* We had outstanding work with a successful 2010 Census outreach effort that brought together many organizations, groups and communities together. We can’t wait for the numbers to be out and then to work on redistricting efforts to ensure our community gets adequately represented.

* We held our annual 2010 Cesar Chavez Day at the State Capitol on March 31, 2010.

* We have led the voice for a rational and comprehensive immigration solution at the federal level while strongly opposing any state anti-immigrant initiatives, such as the infamous SB1070, the anti-immigrant law in Arizona.

*We are also strongly supporting efforts to pass the DREAM Act in the current lame duck session and we strongly opposed the Georgia Board of Regents blocking access to higher education.

*We helped Jessica Colotl obtain her immigration attorney, Charles Kuck, who is also a Board Member of GALEO.

* GALEO hosted U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) at the 7th Annual GALEO Power Reception on May 14, 2010.

* The GALEO Institute for Leadership continues to train and develop community leaders across the state and now has reached over 350 individuals. Graduation for our Fall 2010 classes will be this Saturday.

* GALEO continues to be a member of the U.S. Council of Latino Affairs, in partnership with the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute. Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, recently presented at the 2010 Latino Education Summit in Washington DC to discuss issues with immigration enforcement in Georgia.

*The Sapelo Foundation, with support of GALEO, issued a report detailing some of the unintended consequences of immigration enforcement on Latino children and mothers in Georgia.

*GALEO partnered with AALAC and the LAA to host an important Town Hall Meeting “The Economics of an Arizona law: What would that mean to Georgia?” at the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta on September 28, 2010. This was followed by the announcement of the Georgia Legislature’s Joint Legislative Committee on Immigration Reform.

Obviously, this is only a snapshot of what we did. We look forward to a successful 2011 and appreciate your support in 2010! Please do become engaged and support our efforts.”

September 24, 2015

THE ILLEGAL ALIEN LOBBY – A beginners guide to GALEO #8: Remarks on camera from GALEO’s Executive Director, Jerry Gonzalez during a GALEO-organized march against immigration enforcement

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In which an Atlanta TV news reporter gets a few comments from GALEO Executive Director, Jerry Gonzalez (in the red cap) during a GALEO-orgianzed march against immigration enforcement.

THE ILLEGAL ALIEN LOBBY – A beginners guide to GALEO #7: Actively anti-enforcement and actively pro-amnesty

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GALEO, an activist, anti-enforcement corporation


From the GALEO website, just a few examples from 2014:

March 26: GALEO was a principle speaker at the Fast For Families bus tour stop in Atlanta. Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, also fasted for 24 hours to support these efforts. Also, GALEO encouraged participation at the AALAC & 9 to 5 “Fast then Feast for Families to support Immigration Reform”.

March 29: GALEO conducted the “Lobby Training for Immigration Reform Day” in Lawrenceville, GA. Foreign language video HERE.

April 5: GALEO supported and had members participate with the “GLAHR: Walk with US” march in support of immigration reform.


September 23, 2015

Representative Earl Ehrhart sends letter in opposition to GALEO’s Dax Lopez for federal judge

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THE ILLEGAL ALIEN LOBBY – A beginners guide to GALEO #6 : Ties to SPLC-designated “hate groups”, advocating for an end to local partnership with federal immigration authorities and smearing Georgia law enforcement for…law enforcement

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Jane Fonda-funded GALEO was – and as far as we know, still is – a member of the ‘Cobb United For Change Coalition ‘

(Above: Cobb’s Rich Pellegrino)

which includes not only another leftist “group” headed by the same Rich Pellegrino quoted below, but also the Marietta Nation of Islam organization. See HERE  (or here) for info on the fact that the SPLC has listed the latter group on their 2012 (we love this one) “hate group” list. Shorter: In addition to smearing the Cobb sheriff and other elected officials, GALEO has ties to SPLC-designated “hate groups.”  GALEO associate Pellegrino has taken the stage at the same event as American terrorist, Bill Ayers.


See the below news report:

Marietta Daily Journal

Activists go after Cobb sheriff, say actions politically motivated
by By Kathryn Dobies and Jon Gillooly

May 15, 2010 1

ATLANTA – Immigration activists at Jessica Colotl’s Friday press conference called for Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren’s resignation and went after several local and state politicians.

Activists and members of human rights groups joined Colotl – an illegal immigrant and Kennesaw State University student – and denounced Warren’s recent actions, calling them politically motivated.

“It’s really unfortunate that her family has been used by ‘Wild West Warren’ for a political ploy to score political points,” said Jerry Gonzalez, executive director for the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. “It’s shameful that a law enforcement official would use the rule of law and the authority given to him by Cobb County voters to abuse that power and to create a massive manhunt for a college student, a non criminal.”

(Photo above: Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO Executive Director)

Warren maintains that he was enforcing the law, as is his duty under oath, and was not encouraged by anyone to pursue the situation.

Colotl, 21, was stopped on KSU campus March 29 for a traffic violation and later arrested for driving without a valid license. After Colotl was booked into Cobb Jail, she was turned over to immigration authorities. She was taken to the Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden, Ala., on April 1, but was released May 5. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities agreed to defer any action against her for one year so she could return to her studies at the university.

On Wednesday evening, however, the Cobb Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant for Colotl on a felony charge of lying to law-enforcement officials, based on a reportedly false address she provided upon her book-in at the Cobb County Jail in March. On Friday morning, Colotl turned herself into Cobb authorities and was released on a $2,500 bond.

Rich Pellegrino, of Cobb Immigrant Alliance, said his group would soon be asking for Warren’s resignation.

“Next week we will be releasing information we have documented proof that Sheriff Neil Warren has been selectively enforcing the law, looking to the side when other people have identity issues, other people who are friends of his have identity documents, false documents, we will be releasing that next week and calling for the resignation and removal of Sheriff Neil Warren,” Pellegrino said.

Gonzalez even called for President Barack Obama to step in, asking him to take away an agreement, known as 287(g), which Cobb County has with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency to check the immigration status of everyone booked into the county jail. The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office was the first agency in Georgia to participate in 287(g). Since July 2007, Warren’s office has identified more than 6,600 inmates who were in the United States illegally. Warren signed a new 287(g) agreement in October 2009.

In defense of his latest actions, Warren said Friday that his staff went to the Duluth address that Colotl provided to his department during her first book-in and met with the manager of Century Park Apartments, only to find that Colotl did not live there.

“I have all the confidence in the world that my investigators did a thorough investigation,” Warren said. “And they presented a case to the magistrate, and the magistrate judge felt there was probable cause to issue the warrant. So it’s time for us to let the courts and the judge decide … We started getting calls and I felt obligated to look into it. I did not have any encouragement to do anything.”

Warren said he has no intentions of resigning.

Regarding Colotl’s late March booking in Cobb Jail and the tools used to determine the status of an inmate, Warren said, “some may think it is unfortunate that minor offenders are caught in the 287(g) net; but I value any tool that helps me enforce the law and remove violators from our community. Georgia law establishes legal criteria for every potential offender, from traffic violations thru capital felony murder. Often individuals have different perceptions or personal definitions of criminal activity. I follow the Georgia Code and enforce those statutes. That is my oath of office and duty to the citizens of Cobb County.”

Following Friday’s press conference, Christopher Taylor, Colotl’s attorney, was critical of the Journal for its reporting, saying the Journal was responsible for Colotl’s second arrest.

“I believe the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office misreported this issue,” Taylor said. “I’ve got a problem with the Marietta Daily Journal … Reporting that she gave a false address caused a fire storm.”

However, the Journal brought Colotl’s story to light on May 1 because her friends and sorority sisters from Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority reached out to the newspaper, asking for coverage of a march for Colotl at the state Capitol.

In an attempt to contact Colotl, the Journal called her previous attorney, Kazuma Sonoda, of the Sonoda Law Firm, sent her a message via Facebook and finally went to the Duluth address she provided to authorities on May 7. At the address, a woman answered and said she still receives mail for Colotl, but has never met the KSU student.

Taking jabs at politicians Friday, Gonzalez said, “(Former) U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal has said he wants to bring Arizona along to Georgia as governor. (Former) state Sen. Eric Johnson wants to ban access to college education to deserving students like Jessica. They want to kick them out of school. Is that the kind of Georgia that we want?”

Johnson, a Republican candidate for governor, on Friday challenged a statement from the chancellor of the University System of Georgia that it would be too costly to require verifying citizenship when a student goes through the admissions process.

“This is a typical bureaucratic response. First and foremost, we cannot afford to simply ignore the law, and it is unacceptable to brazenly dismiss the responsibility of enforcement,” Johnson said. “… It does not cost a dime to ask for a valid driver’s license, valid passport, or valid student visa.”

KSU officials have said that Colotl was receiving in-state tuition since she graduated from a Georgia high school.

Gonzalez went on to say that Georgia has “no leadership from both of our U.S. senators.”

“Where is Saxby Chambliss and where is Johnny Isakson? Instead of saying no on immigration reform, why are they not working to move forward with a workable solution that moves us together as a nation to uphold our values as a nation? (Isakson) You are up for re-election sir. There are a 160,000 Latinos registered to vote. We are paying attention to this issue,” he said.

In response, Isakson told the Journal, “I have always drawn a clear distinction between legal and illegal immigration, and anyone who comes to our country legally should be welcomed to share in the pursuit of the American dream. At the same time, the defense of our nation begins with securing our borders and ending the opportunity for illegal entry. Our immigration laws must be followed and they must be enforced, and I stand in full support of those who do both.”

*Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Activists go after Cobb sheriff say actions politically motivated

*Under then new content editor, J.K. Murphy, the MDJ paid to have its website upgraded, but did not have a backup on place. Years worth of news and opinion were lost, even when checking the Wayback Machine. This report was one of the lost.


September 22, 2015

Senator William Ligon sends letter of opposition of Dax Lopez for federal judge

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September 21, 2015

Amnesty and more competition for American workers through expanded immigration? – FAST FACT: Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle endorses Jeb! Bush and says Bush “stands for everything that the party needs to be espousing”

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“After he worked his way to the stage, he was met by Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who endorsed Bush last month and introduced the candidate as someone who “stands for everything that the party needs to be espousing.”

Bush, with signs behind him that tweaked his “Jeb!” campaign logo to look like the SEC logo, spoke for only three minutes. “I’m going to be very brief because I really like taking selfies,” he said to big cheers from the crowd.”


September 17, 2015

Another state legislator speaks out: Georgia state Rep Don Parsons (Cobb County) sends letters to both U.S. Senators in opposition to GALEO’s Dax Lopez for federal judge

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THE ILLEGAL ALIEN LOBBY: A beginners guide to GALEO #5 Progressively and actively anti-enforcement

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From the GALEO website:

“In 2010, Jerry González, GALEO Executive Director and Trustee of the Sapelo Foundation, was instrumental in the publication of the research paper “Immigration Enforcement and its Impact on Latino Children in the State of Georgia.”

From the Sapelo Foundation website: “We promote progressive social change affecting vulnerable populations, rural communities, and the natural environment in the state of Georgia.”

The Sapelo Foundation study in question decries immigration enforcement on the premise that it is bad for “immigrant children” It was conducted by former Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Elise Shore.

Memorable 1998 on-air radio quote quote from a MALDEF founder, Mario Obledo?

 “California is going to be a Hispanic state and anyone who doesn’t like it should leave. They should go back to Europe.”

GALEO founder, Sam Zamarippa is a former Board member of MALDEF. GALEO Executive Director, Jerry Gonzalez, is a former policy analyst and lobbyist for MALDEF.

The report repeatedly laments the consequences of immigration enforcement at both the federal and state and local levels. The federal 287 (g) and Secure Communities program are major obstacles to the agenda outlined in the conclusions of the report. You can see the life-saving results of 287 (g) in Gwinnett and what GALEO is fighting in the name of “making communities safer” here.

The Sapelo Foundation report also recommends another legalization (“Comprehensive Immigration Reform”) – “for the children” (immigration laws should not be enforced if the illegal aliens have children.)

Cited in “resources”: Charles Kuck, Esq., “I have read the Arizona law and it still stinks,” June 15, 2010 blog entry, available at: “ Kuch, who also lobbied against local enforcement and Georgia’s 2011 illegal immigration legislation, HB 87, was vice-Chair of GALEO at the time (2007-2014) and is currently listed as a donor and former Board Member.

Quote from the Sapelo report: “As one advocate recently explained, “Children are internalizing the anti-immigrant sentiment” reflected in law enforcement’s over- zealous focus on immigration.[84]

It also recommends cooperation with the government of Mexico in interior U.S. enforcement. One Recommendation: “The various local, state and federal agencies involved in the child welfare and immigration enforcement system should institute a cooperative system of mandatory reporting that tracks information related to immigrant families. To the extent feasible, these agencies should collaborate with the Mexican Consulate and other Consulates to create accurate and comprehensive statistics related to immigrant families and children in the child welfare system.”


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