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Spanish Sisolak ad faults Laxalt for not suing to defend DACA

Michelle Rindels
Michelle Rindels
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Focus: Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt

Who’s paying for it: Sisolak’s campaign

Size of buy: Part of a six-figure buy.

When it starts: Oct. 25

Where it’s running: Spanish-language outlets statewide.

The gist: The ad features Deisy Castro, a DREAMer who was able to get a teaching license because of a law Gov. Brian Sandoval signed. She tells how she arrived in the U.S. at age 4 and now teaches children with autism.

She then says that as attorney general, Republican Adam Laxalt did not take any action to defend DREAMers, an apparent reference to the fact that Laxalt did not sign on to lawsuits defending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“He turned his back on us,” she says in Spanish. “Now he wants to become governor. But no. Let’s not let this happen.”

The ad closes with the words “vote now” in Spanish, and Sisolak’s name.

One of Laxalt’s first actions as attorney general was to sue the Obama administration for an initiative that would expand DACA eligibility and allow protection from deportation for parents of DREAMers — something he has described as “executive amnesty.”

While he has said little publicly about DACA during his time in office or on the campaign trail, Laxalt did not sign onto a more recent, ongoing Texas lawsuit that seeks to terminate the program. Asked in May by a reporter why he refrained, Laxalt said:

“I felt it was appropriate for the system to work itself out. This is a congressional problem they’ve created. We still hope there’s some resolution to our entire system, as well as DACA.”

Watch the ad below:


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