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July 1, 2019

LAA POSITION STATEMENT

Support the American Dream and Promise Act

The Supreme Court just announced that it will soon decide the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which since 2012 has allowed 21,000 young Georgians (and almost 700,000 youth nationally) brought to the United States as children to become integral participants in the economy and provide for their families. DACA recipients have all undergone thorough background and biometric checks, are working in virtually all sectors of our economy, and are performing critical functions in the workforce.

This approaching Supreme Court decision underscores the urgent need for Congress to pass legislation to protect youth who love our nation, have grown up here, have attended our schools, and are deeply integrated into our communities. From our work in the community, we know these young adults represent the best in America. While DACA provides an opportunity for young people to work lawfully and earn an education, it keeps them in a state of constant reapplication, and it does not help those who are not currently enrolled in the program. DACA, while helpful to an immense number of youth, was never meant to be a permanent solution.

Consequently, the Latin American Association supports the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. In fact, recent polls reveal that upwards of 75% of the US public supports protection for Dreamers and an eventual path to citizenship such as that described in the American Dream and Promise Act. This legislation, passed by the US House of Representatives on June 4, 2019, would provide a pathway to United States citizenship for former, present and future eligible undocumented high school graduates and GED recipients through the military, the workforce, or education, which are all required areas of engagement under the Act. The American Dream and Promise Act would also provide permanent legal status for people currently enrolled in Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).

If the American Dream and Promise Act were to pass, 2.31 million undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children would qualify for conditional permanent residency status, and almost 430,000 immigrants would be eligible to apply for legal permanent residency after having met their TPS and DED requirements.

Moreover, DACA recipients, who are bilingual, bicultural, and capable of navigating diverse cultural spaces, are an asset to a globalizing Georgia economy, with Georgia trade exports exceeding $40.5 billion for the first time in 2018. In addition, research has projected a $7.56 billion increase in GDP over a 10-year period from the work done by immigrants under deferred action programs, with DACA recipients in Georgia paying $71.7 million in local and state taxes in 2016. And, on a national scale, it is estimated that DACA recipients alone produce $460.3 billion in national GDP and pay $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.

How can you help?

Call both Georgia senators and urge them to vote for the American Dream and Promise Act.

Johnny Isakson. 770.661.0999

David Perdue. 404.865.0087

2018
  • May 24, 2018 on MundoHispanico: Young Latino Cross Keys High School student achieves highest honor.
    Mario Aleman Valedictorian Cross Keys High School
    Watch Video / Read Article
  • May 13, 2018 on Reporter Newspapers: Coalition forms to address affordable housing on Buford Highway
    Dyana Bagby
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  • Feb. 18, 2018 on WXIA 11 Alive: U.S. Immigration and Customs officers have rounded up hundreds of undocumented immigrants in the last few weeks. In the wake of those operations, there have been lots of rumors going around stoking fears in immigrant communities here in metro Atlanta.
    Atlanta immigration forum addresses undocumented immigrants’ fears
    Watch Video
  • Jan. 29, 2018 on WSB-TV: Coverage of the first annual State of Latinos Conference in Atlanta, GA.
    Latin American Association hosts State of Latinos Conference
    Watch Video
  • Jan. 29, 2018 on MundoHíspanico: Hundreds come to Atlanta to highlight the contributions made by Latinos in Georgia.
    Cientos se reúnen en Atlanta para destacar la contribución de los latinos en Georgia
    Watch Video
  • Feb. 27, 2018 on MundoHispánico: Coverage for Teresa Rodriguez, graduate of the Latina Empowerment program, ¡Avanzando Juntas!
    Con el sazón de la abuela
    Watch Video
  • Jan. 29, 2018 on Atlanta Journal Constitution: Coverage of the first annual State of Latinos Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
    Our Community:  Hundreds celebrate Latinos’ contributions in Georgia
    Read Article
  • Jan. 29, 2018 on Telemundo Atlanta: Coverage of the first annual State of Latinos Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
    Facebook Live
    Watch Video
  • Jan. 29, 2018 on Univision 34 Atlanta: Coverage of the first annual State of Latinos Conference in Atlanta, GA.
    Líderes hispanos de Georgia piden apoyar la lucha por DACA
    Watch Video
  • Jan. 24, 2018 on Reporter Newspaper: Coverage of the first annual State of Latinos Conference in Atlanta, GA.
    Latin American Association hosting State of Latinos Conference
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  • Jan. 12 2018 on Atlanta Business Chronicle: Article covering Latino contributions helping create a vision for Georgia’s future.
    Viewpoint: Latino contributions helping to create a vision for Georgia’s future
    Read Article
2017
  • Feb. 16, 2017 on AJC: Coverage of Thomas Fuller’s dedication to servicing the senior community in Atlanta.
    Nuestra Comunidad: Love of Spanish culture lead to dedicated work
    Watch Video / Read Article
  • Apr. 13, 2017 on Reporter Newspaper: Coverage of annual LAA Compañeros Awards Luncheon.
    Brookhaven first city to receive Corporate Champion Award from Latin American Association
    Read Article
  • Mar. 15, 2017 on MundoHispánico: Coverage of new LAA center in Lawrenceville, GA.
    Organización de ayuda inaugura nuevo centro en Gwinnett
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  • Mar. 15, 2017 on MundoHispánico: Coverage of student walk-outs at Cross Keys High School in Brookhaven.
    Walkout 2018: Salen de las aulas a pedir que ni un estudiante más muera por un tiroteo
    Watch Video / Read Article
  • Mar. 8, 2017 on Telemundo Atlanta: Coverage of the annual Latina Empowerment Conference and ¡Avanzando Juntas! program offered by the LAA.
    Acceso Total – Latina Empowerment Conference
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  • Mar. 2, 2017 on AJC: Coverage of Budford Highway’s immigrant corridor and issues faced due to development.
    Buford Highway: Development threatens Atlanta’s immigrant corridor
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  • Feb. 19, 2017 on Univision 34 Atlanta: Coverage around immigration issues and services provided by the LAA in Georgia.
    Activistas intensifican campañas para que inmigrantes soliciten la ciudadanía
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  • Dec. 15, 2017 on Reporter Newspapers: Reporter Newspapers: Coverage of the city of Brookhaven fifth anniversary, where various community leaders and people involved in the cityhood effort to share their thoughts on where the city stands today and where it is headed in the next five year, including LAA executive director Aníbal Torres.
    Brookhaven at 5: Community voices
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  • Oct. 9, 2017 on Telemundo Atlanta: Coverage on Latin Fever Ball
    Acceso Total for Latin Fever Ball
    Watch Video
  • Oct. 9, 2017 on Telemundo Atlanta: Coverage on LAA and the UPS Foundation
    Acceso Total for the UPS Foundation with Ed Martinez
    Watch Video
  • Sep. 2, 2017 on AJC: Coverage on Bank of America’s second annual giving spree to noprofits.
    Giving Spree gives grants to 46 Atlanta nonprofits
    Read Article
  • Sep. 2017 on AJC: AJC runs an op-ed piece pertaining to DACA rescission by our Board Chair, Chris Marquardt.
    Opinion: DACA Recipients are Georginas too
    Read Article
  • Aug. 28, 2017 on VOXAtl.com and WABE: The teen editor for Vox Investigates interviews 17-year-old Puerto Rican-Guatemalan artist Maite Nazario during her art exhibit at the LAA.
    The Metamorphosis of an Immigrant: Maite Nazario
    Read Article
  • Aug. 24, 2017 on WXIA 11 Alive: Coverage of Bank of America’s second annual giving spree on Friday, where the bank highlighted 19 out of 46 local nonprofits.
    Bank of America highlights $1.9 million in grants to local nonprofits
    Watch Video
  • Aug. 22, 2017 on WSB-TV: Coverage of EHAT/LULAC Center grand opening in the LAA
    Technology Lab bridges digital divide at the Latin American Association
    Watch Video
  • Aug. 8, 2017 on PR Newswire: Coverage of EHAT/LULAC Center grand opening in the LAA
    The LAA, LULAC and Cox Enterprises Partner to Bridge the Digital Divide with Unveiling of EHAT Technology Center in Atlanta
    Read Article
  • Aug. 8, 2017 on Cecllular News: Coverage of EHAT/LULAC Center grand opening in the LAA
    The LAA, LULAC and Cox Enterprises Partner to Bridge the Digital Divide with Unveiling of EHAT Technology Center in Atlanta
    Read Article
  • Aug. 6, 2017 in the Saporta Report: Our executive director and guest columnist, Aníbal Torres, calls on the Trump administration to work with Congress to pass legislation that will offer a permanent solution for undocumented young people who were brought to the United States as children.
    Congress should protect Georgia’s young immigrants by enacting Dream Act of 2017
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  • Aug. 1, 2017 on Public: Covers LAA suport for Dreamers
    The LAA Support Protection for DREAMers
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  • Aug. 2017 in MundoHispánico: :Latin American Association offers immigration legal services in Athens, GA.
    Asociación Latinoamericana ofercerá servicios legales de inmigración en Athens.
    Read Article
  • July 28 in El Nuevo Georgia: Gloria Patiño, who has been coming to our Club de la tercera edad for 20 years, was honored when the members decided to name the club after her.
    Vea por qué esta anciana de 94 años fue protagonista de un homenaje en Atlanta
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  • July 26, 2017 in Reporter Newspapers: The LAA’s David Schaefer, who chairs the Brookhaven Affordable Housing Task Force, talks about the task force’s recommendations.
    Brookhaven task force presents affordable housing recommendations
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  • July 19, 2017 in MundoLatino Newspaper: Announcement on LAA launch of Immigration Legal Services in Athens, GA.
    Asociación Latinoamericana ofercerá servicios legales de inmigración en Athens.
    Read Article
  • July 16, 2017 on WSB-TV: WSB-TV’s People 2 People interviews executive director Aníbal Torres about the LAA’s statewide expansion.
    The Latin American Association Expands Statewide
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  • July 14, 2017 on WABE: WABE’s Rose Scott interviews entrepreneurs from our Latinas’ Economic Empowerment Program in Closer Look.
    Closer Look: Latina Entrepreneurs, Singer Fernanda Noronha and More 
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  • June 22, 2017 on WABE: Our director of advocacy, David Schaefer, talks about Immigrant Heritage Month with Closer Look’s Rose Scott.
    Closer Look: Immigrant Heritage Month
    Listen to Audio (interview starts at 30-minute mark)
  • June 22, 2017 in MundoHispánico: The LAA’s youth summer program at Meadowcreek High School offers enrichment activities to 50 Latino students.
    Cierre de una experiencia de verano enriquecedora
    View Article
  • June 22 in MundoHispánico: Our Career Expo is featured.
    Acercan la oportunidad
    View Article
  • June 13, 2017 in the Northside Neighbor: The neighborhood publication helps us get the word out about our Career Expo.
    Latin American Association hosts Career Expo
    View Article
  • June 3, 2017 in MundoHispánico: MundoHispánico covers our 4th Annual Health Fair.
    Hispanos dan prioridad a su salud
    View Article
  • May 25, 2017 in MundoHispánico: Three students from our Latino Youth Leadership Academy who are graduating high school are interviewed.
    Estudiantes hispanos se gradúan tras superar obstáculos
    View Article
  • May 23, 2017 in Creative Loafing: Our advocacy director, David Schaefer, says an end to sanctuary cities will not make everyone safer.
    David Perdue fights sanctuary cities
    View Article
  • May 21, 2017 in WSB-TV: People2People promotes our upcoming Career Expo.
    Latin American Association holds Career Expo
    Watch Video
  • May 18, 2017 on WSB-TV: Wendy Corona reports on the success of the LAA’s Latino Youth Leadership Academy, which is seeing some 24 students graduate from high school this year.
    Success story: Students who could fall through the cracks are graduating
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  • May 12, 2017 on Telemundo Atlanta: Reporter and 2nd Annual Latina Empowerment Conference MC Paula Rodríguez talks to some Latina entrepreneurs who attended the conference and interviews keynote speaker Nely Galán.
    Avanzando Juntas 2017
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  • May 11, 2017 in MundoHispánico: The Latina Empowerment Conference attracted hundreds of Latina immigrants.
    Mujeres dijeron presente
    View Article
  • April 24, 2017 in the AJC: Legal immigrants, spooked by hostile political climate, are dropping food stamps and other benefits.
    Wary immigrants in Georgia drop food stamps
    View Article
  • April 2017 in MundoHispánico: Georgia’s premier Spanish-language newspaper covers the annual Compañeros Awards Luncheon, whose keynote speaker was the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate, Catherine Cortez Masto.
    Afirman su compromiso con la comunidad
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  • March 24, 2017 in The Atlantic: Our Cynthia Román is quoted in a story that says the president’s executive order on immigration enforcement is having a chilling effect on safety net (SNAP, Medicaid, etc.) enrollment.
    Trump’s anti-immigrant policies are scaring eligible families away from the safety net
    View Article
  • Mar. 27 2017 on MundoHispánico: Coverage of LAA activities and events, as well as adult education.
    Anuncian nuevos cursos para el 2017
    Read Article
  • March 24, 2017 in MundoHispánico: Reporter Samantha Díaz tells people what to do if they face housing discrimination after attending a tenants’ rights forum at the LAA.
    Mundo legal: Conozca sus derechos como inquilino
    Watch Video and View Article
  • March 23, 2017 in MundoHispánico: The LAA’s 2nd Annual Latina Empowerment Conference will take place on May 6 at Gwinnett’s Infinite Energy Center.
    Un empujón para abrir las puertas de su negocio
    View Article
  • March 21, 2017 in the Atlanta Business Chronicle: LAA receives community development grant from Wells Fargo
    Wells Fargo donates $1.2 million to Atlanta nonprofits
    View Article
  • Feb. 28, 2017: The LAA’s David Schaefer is interviewed by Univision 34 Atlanta regarding a proposed bill that would create an online registry of undocumented immigrants who have committed certain crimes.
    Líderes comunitarios opinan sobre la propuesta de ley que publicaría la información de inmigrantes indocumentados en línea
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  • Feb. 22, 2017: The LAA’s David Schaefer talks to CNN’s Nick Valencia about how the community is fearful about deportations in the current environment.
    Families fear for undocumented members
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  • Feb. 19, 2017: As dozens gathered at metro Atlanta’s Latin American Association, WSB-Radio covers a prayer vigil to support immigrants and refugees in the community.
    Dozens gather for Immigration Prayer Vigil
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  • Feb. 18, 2017: WSB-TV and News 95.5 cover a prayer vigil at the LAA to support immigrants and refugees
    Dozens gather for immigration prayer vigil
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  • Feb. 18, 2017 on WXIA: LAA holds immigration forums in light of President Trump’s new immigration orders
    Atlanta immigration forum addresses undocumented immigrants’ fears
    View Article
  • Feb. 7, 2017: HispanicFederation.com coverage on LAA stance on fighting Hunger in Atlanta.
    Hispanic Federation and Latin American Association Fight Hunger in Atlanta
    View Article
  • January and February 2017 on WSB-TV: LAA holds first annual education fair for Latino families
    Latin American Association hosts education fair
    View Article
  • Jan. 22, 2017 on WSB-TV: La Feria de Educación Latina brings together Latino community and agencies to ensure student success.
    Latin American Association offers education fair
    View Article
  • Jan. 2017: MundoHispanico coverage of a young student joining an initiative of interest to serve the residents of the Buford Highway, where the development of the city of Brookhaven is fitting an area where many Hispanics have found purchasing power, work and public transportation.
    Latinos se unen en la Buford
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  • Jan. 19, 2017 in MundoHispánico and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The LAA’s senior club meets every Friday at 10 a.m. Regulars come for fellowship, arts and crafts, exercise and more.
    Un lugar donde el tiempo se detiene
    Nuestra Comunidad: Association has gathering place for senior Latinos

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2019
  • March 14, 2019 in metroatlantaceo.com: Wells Fargo donated $16.4M to Support Georgia Nonprofits in 2018. The LAA is very grateful for Wells Fargo’s charitable contribution to support our Economic Empowerment department in 2018, to provide services that help Latino families find meaningful work opportunities. View Article