Sunday, June 24, 2018


As a board member of NALEO, Senator Rivera joined a delegation of 12 board members and several organizations from across the country to call for family reunification and an end to the egregious family detention policy 

  Today, New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera joined a bi-partisan delegation of 12 board members from the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) at a rally in Tornillo, Texas to call on the Trump administration to end its racist and abominable "zero tolerance" immigration policy. While the Trump administration signed an Executive Order claiming to end family separations, it has been responsible for the forceful separation of approximately 2,400 migrant children who were separated from their family and are currently being held throughout the country, including New York State.

Senator Rivera and the rest of the NALEO delegation joined members of sister organizations such as Voto Latino and UnidosUS, outside of a detention facility in Tornillo, Texas, near El Paso. They were there to demand the Trump administration implement an immediate course of action to reunify those children who were separated with their families and to end the shameful practice of keeping children of any age detained in jail like conditions.

"Today, I joined a group of devoted Latino leaders as we rallied to demand that this administration immediately end its abhorrent "zero tolerance" policy. This policy has destroyed the lives of thousands of families and drives focus and resources from the true problem - a broken immigration system. The National government, as our representative, has separated approximately 2,400 children and babies from their families and has held them like criminals in jail-like conditions just because their parents made the desperate decision to leave their country and try to provide them with a better quality of life. This needs to stop. This has to stop. We have an obligation to these families, especially these children, to right the irreparable damage caused. We need to continue working across all levels of government, and in collaboration with not-profit organizations, to ensure these families receive the care they deserve, are reunified, and leave detention."

Senator Rivera was joined by the following group of NALEO leaders: 
  • Mr. Arturo Vargas, Chief Executive Officer, NALEO
  • Hon. Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State; Past NALEO President
  • Hon. Sergio de Leon, Justice of the Peace, Tarrant County, TX
  • Hon. Dante Acosta, California State Assemblymember
  • Hon. Sarah Benatar, Treasurer, Coconino County, AZ
  • Hon. Steve Corona, Vice President, Board of Trustees, Fort Wayne Community Schools, IN
  • Hon. Crisanta Duran, Speaker, Colorado House of Representatives
  • Hon. Ed Gonzalez, Sheriff, Harris County, TX
  • Hon. Nora Vargas, Board Member, Southwestern Community College District, CA
  • Hon. Mara Candelaria Reardon, Indiana State Representative
  • Hon. Gustavo V. Camacho, Mayor, Pico Rivera, CA
  • Hon. Rafael Anchia, Texas State Representative; Chair, Mexican American Legislative Caucus
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) is a leading non-profit, non-partisan organization that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process. 

Senator Rivera, Fellow NALEO Board Members, and
NALEO CEO Arturo Vargas

Senator Rivera with Labor Leader and Civil Rights Icon, Dolores Huertas

Senator Rivera, NALEO CEO Arturo Vargas, Fellow NALEO Members and Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro


In case you are unaware (which you seem to be like Mayor de Blasio) there are bigger problems in New York City, the Bronx, and your State Senate District. 

The public school system is still not teaching children of New York City, the Bronx, and your State Senate district the needed skills to enter the specialized high schools, let alone basic english and math. 

Chancellor Richard Carranza tells me that he and the mayor know Bronx students are behind the rest of the city academically, tells me he is new here, to give him some time, and one week later he is an expert on the specialized high schools. 

Where are you State Senator Gustavo Rivera? Down in Texas, just like the mayor.

The NYCHA buildings in the city, the Bronx, and your State Senate District are falling apart, have falsified lead paint reports, and have mice, rats, and roaches throughout the buildings. The city signs a statement about the false lead paint reports and condition of many of the apartments.

Where are you State Senator Gustavo Rivera? Down in Texas, just like the mayor.

Crime in the city, the Bronx, and your State Senate District is going rampant with innocent bystanders being shot or killed in other ways.

Where are you State Senator Gustavo Rivera? Down in Texas, just like the mayor.

On election day we look forward to once again not seeing you in your State Senate District, but down in Texas, just like the mayor.

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