ERIC Number: ED164675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-11
Reference Count: 0
Remarks by Gilbert G. Pompa Before the Mexican American Lawyers Association Third Annual Banquet, Chicago, Illinois.
Pompa, Gilbert G.
A number of problems facing Hispanics in general and Mexican Americans in particular lend themselves to local solutions rather than Federal intervention. From a community relations standpoint, there are three major areas of concern for Hispanics nationally: education, immigration and the administration of justice. The two major educational problems of Hispanics are high drop-out rate and the school desegregation process. Desegregation issues such as the lack of quality education and the break-up of bilingual education programs could be resolved locally if local officials take the initiative to work things out in advance with the communities affected. Federally mandated desegregation is an admission that local officials have not acted to the satisfaction of the total community. Problems associated with immigration focus on the effect illegal immigration is having on this country and conflict over the methods of enforcing immigration laws. Local officials need to address related problems, such as misinformation about immigrant populations and non-jurisdictional interrogation of suspected immigrants by police officers. The final major problem of Hispanics involves the mutual mistrust between minorities and the police. Local officials must take action in police abuse cases to restore minorities' confidence in the justice system. (Author/WI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC.