On August 27, 2010, the KACE interns met with Assemblyman Gordon Johnson in Teaneck. He spoke about his personal background as well as his political history.

He was a major in the army reserve and participated in operations Desert Storm in 1990 and Joint Endeavor in 1996. He is currently a police officer: the undersheriff of the Bergen County Sheriff Office. He has served in the State Assembly for ten years in the past, and is strongly against segregation and racism. He is a cosponsor of the HIB law, which would hopefully reduce bullying cases in schools, providing zero tolerance for bullies.

In accordance with his ties to the Korean American community, Assemblyman Johnson said that he was very active in participating in Korean-related committees and activities, as well as having been to many events related to Korean culture. He described the Korean population in Bergen county as a “vibrant community” and a “melting pot,” as various ethnic groups are gathered in the same area.

In broader terms of immigrant laws, Johnson stated that he believes in deferred action, which is a type of administrative relief from deportation. Responding to the question of hiring Korean American staff, he introduced Jimmy Kim who is a Korean American and staff of State Senator Loretta Weinberg and recognized about the first Korean American female police officer, Gloria, who has been admitted into the police department.

In conclude, he awarded the community service certificates to KACE interns for their efforts and dedication to help the community. Assemblyman Johnson took a picture with all interns individually.

 

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