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On Republican officials and an illegal alien lobby fundraiser

The innocuously named illegal alien lobby corporation Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials welcomed some interesting -- and powerful -- guests to a recent breakfast fundraiser gala in metro Atlanta.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Attorney General Sam Olens, Republicans both, participated in the 12th annual GALEO Power Breakfast moneymaker last Friday. State Rep. B.J. Pak, R-Lilburn was also there. State Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville was listed on the program as a sponsor.

The executive director of GALEO is community organizer Jerry Gonzalez. Before he was awarded with the leadership of GALEO, he was a Democratic fundraiser and currently fights against state enforcement of immigration laws in the Georgia Capitol, where he is known for his vitriolic outbursts at Republican legislators.

GALEO has opposed every immigration enforcement bill under the Gold Dome, including House Bill 87 of 2011, and Gonzalez has brought the leader of the Socialist Workers Party into Georgia to fight for driver’s licenses for illegal aliens.

Gonzalez crowed for weeks that Republican Gov. Nathan Deal would assist with the GALEO funding campaign by attending Friday’s event and would offer some “welcoming remarks.” Alas, political insiders report that Deal canceled at the last minute.

The pre-printed GALEO event program with Deal’s name and a “thank you” list of the Georgia corporations that sponsor GALEO can be seen on the Dustin Inman Society Facebook page. Western Union, Georgia Power, Coca Cola and Cox Communications are just a few of the non-politician Gonzalez financiers.

Gonzalez boasts on the GALEO website that Jane Fonda is a “founding friend.” With their tacit endorsement, it looks like Deal, Olens, Kemp, Pak and Hill have joined “Hanoi Jane” in supporting the GALEO/Gonzalez agenda.

An abbreviated list of Gonzalez’s accomplishments on behalf of the open-borders goals include fearlessly marching in the streets of Atlanta demanding an end to enforcement of American immigration laws and denigrating Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway and Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren for supposedly creating “an environment of fear through active racial profiling and intimidation targeting the Latino community within Cobb County,” for simply doing their jobs.

Several years ago, federal authorities approved both sheriffs office’s use of the life-saving federal 287(g) program that expanded the authority to locate and hold illegal aliens who had been captured for other crimes. “This has set us back tremendously” a seething Gonzalez said then.

Donations to GALEO -- including from politicians -- help with its active opposition to voter ID as “anti-Hispanic” and Gonzalez makes it clear that making English our official language would be an “insult to our culture.”

I watched in person several years ago as Gonzalez marched in protest of then-CNN newsman Lou Dobbs with a large group of fellow travelers carrying signs calling Dobbs a “racist” and other placards reading “THIS IS OUR CONTINENT -- GO BACK TO EUROPE!” I asked some of the group with Gonzalez to where my black friends who opposed illegal immigration should return. “Africa” was the quick and defiant reply.

State Rep Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, must be quite interested in Gonzalez’s newly revealed GOP supporters. Four years ago, the Rome News-Tribune reported that at a Rome event focused on E-Verify, “Gonzalez, began yelling at Dempsey when the meeting ended,” and he was escorted by local police from the property.

GALEO has staged multiple fundraisers each year since its creation in 2003. From the event program, about $40,000 would be a very close estimation of the amount of operating funds the aforementioned Republican officials helped GALEO raise last week.

Gonzalez has every right to be gleeful with his success with GOP politicians -- who will no doubt cling to claims of “conservatism.” I wonder if any of this will come came up at the Republican state convention this week?

D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society. He is not a member of any political party.

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