An Immigrant Story: Maria Del Rosario Palacios Denied the Right to Run for Office

Maria (a good friend of mine) have been denied the right to run for office in Georgia.

America is made up of immigrants, always have been and will continue to be. Immigrants are the bread and butter of America, they built this nation leaving a legacy of greatness for future generations to continue to build and make America a beacon of the world.

A reason immigrants move to this great nation is to provide a better life for themselves and family which they do. However, the harsh side of immigration is rejection, not being allowed to take part in what makes America great.

Maria Del Rosario Palacios:

“A critical provision of the Georgia state Constitution says that to be eligible to run, a candidate must have been a citizen of Georgia for two years. Mr. Kemp wrote in his decision that “it is necessary to be a U.S. citizen and a “citizen of the state.” The New York Times

Recap: Maria Del Rosario Palacios has been a Legal Permanent Resident in Georgia since 2009 and has resided in Gainesville, Georgia since 1994. Ms. Palacios works, completed college and raises her 3 children in the state she has called home for all of her life. The Superior Court of Georgia denied Maria the right to run for office upholding Secretary of State and candidate Brian Kemp reasoning to remove her off the ballot. According to the petition filed, Georgia has no clear definition of what it means to be a citizen of the state.

The Superior Court of Georgia denied Maria the right to run for office upholding Secretary of State and candidate Brian Kemp reasoning removing Maria off the ballot.

Maria living in Georgia for nearly all her life, working, paying taxes, raising her 3 children is a citizen who meets the 2-year requirement. Sidebar: Brian Kemp is the guy who purposely did not process 40,000 voter registration applications in the 2014 midterms, denied an African-American man from running for office in the same year, although he lived in the district for 28 years and voted in the previous 2 elections.

Sidebar: Brian Kemp is the guy who purposely did not process 40,000 voter registration applications in the 2014 midterms, denied an African-American from running for office in the same year, although the man lived in the district for 28 years and voted in the previous 2 elections.

Brian Kemp and the Superior court ruling to not allow Maria on the ballot is a clear pattern of finding an illegitimate reason through the courts to deny Maria the right to run for office.

Changes Not on the GOP Side:

Quote Sean Young: “Today, the Georgia Superior Court declined to hear our appeal to put Maria Del Rosario Palacios back on the ballot this November. The Secretary of State has now officially succeeded in preventing Maria, a newly naturalized United States citizen who loves her country and her community, off the ballot this November.”

Quote Sean Young: “Today, the Georgia Superior Court declined to hear our appeal to put Maria Del Rosario Palacios back on the ballot this November. The Secretary of State has now officially succeeded in preventing Maria, a newly naturalized United States citizen who loves her country and her community, off the ballot this November.”

“The 29th is the kind of district that could give Republicans problems in the long-term. The demographics of Gainesville and the surrounding area in Hall County have changed immensely in recent years, as Hispanic workers have flocked to the area to work in the chicken plants and on construction crews in and around Atlanta. Gainesville, for instance, was less than 8 percent Hispanic in 1990 but is about 42 percent today.” New York Times

For the past 3–5 years communities have changed but the representation has not, and this is an issue that is becoming prevalent in our politics.

Denying Maria the right to run for office allows the trend of communities to not have the representation they need at the local, state or national level.

Changes Not On The GOP Side Pt2:

The Republican incumbent, Matt Dubnik, will run unopposed in this election allowing him to represent District 29, where he will not meet the interests of the people. Many counties similar to Hall, are having more contested races where for far too long many GOP candidates ran unopposed.

Not allowing Maria to run for office in Hall County-Gainesville, GA is a clear example of Brian Kemp and the GOP trying to hold on to their local power in counties similar to Hall and in the state of Georgia.

Not allowing Maria to run for office in Hall County-Gainesville, GA is a clear example of Brian Kemp and the GOP trying to hold on to their local power in counties similar to Hall and in the state of Georgia. Furthermore, not allowing Maria to run is denying the community the representation they need.

Sources:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jul/18/maria-palacios-democrat-georgia-house-candidate-di/

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/19/us/politics/as-georgias-population-changes-its-politics-begin-to-follow.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/us/georgia-house-citizenship-maria-palacios.html