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‘DACAversary:’ Dreamers re-up calls for congressional action after nine-year battle for permanent status

June 17th, 2021 - 2:00am
The House passed the American Dream and Promise Act in March, but the Senate has yet to consider the bill, in part, because 10 Senate Republicans would be needed to pass the measure with the 50-50 party split in the chamber. The House bill only got nine GOP votes.

Nevadans hold vigil following Supreme Court decision against a pathway to permanent residency for TPS holders, call for action from Congress

June 13th, 2021 - 2:00am
This kind of activism is nothing new for those protected by TPS. They continually feel on the cusp of losing their right to live in the United States. So once again — after a recent Supreme Court decision — they gathered with their allies and urged President Joe Biden and Congress to create a pathway to permanent residency for TPS holders.

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Assembly approves bill expanding legal resources to immigrant Nevadans

May 27th, 2021 - 2:00am
In an attempt to bridge the gap, Nevada Assembly lawmakers on Wednesday approved AB376, which allocates $500,000 in state funds for the UNLV Immigration Clinic to expand its no-cost legal resources for immigrants.

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Students successful in petition to cash-strapped UNR to continue funding coordinator position key to supporting immigrant students

May 2nd, 2021 - 3:00am
Now, five years since students called on UNR to protect its immigrant population, Mazariego’s position is vacant as she seeks to pursue the same goal she had to support the immigrant community — this time as a licensed therapist. She said that while it may take years of effort and work to change state or federal policy, she realized there’s an opportunity to facilitate change through therapy.

Nine Nevada sheriffs sign onto letter blaming mass illegal immigration on Biden border policies

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building in Las Vegas
April 23rd, 2021 - 2:00am
Nine Nevada sheriffs from rural counties and Carson City have signed on to a letter blaming President Joe Biden’s policies for increased criminal activity related to illegal immigration and urging the Democratic president to embrace the border policies of the Trump administration, including resuming construction of the border wall.

Major rollback of bill curbing police collaboration with immigration officials; other bills die at deadline

April 21st, 2021 - 2:05pm
The bill’s transformation was one of the more dramatic ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for bills to pass out of their first house. Four bills died, and more than a dozen — including AB376 — were re-referred to money committees, where it’s possible a lack of money to implement them could seal their fate.

Cortez Masto calls on Biden to establish task force to direct infrastructure funds to Latino, other needy communities

April 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) called for the creation of a task force to direct funds from the White House-proposed $2 trillion American Jobs Plan to Latino and other needy communities during a meeting with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday.

Assembly committee advances bill to limit police collaboration with immigration enforcement officials

Clark County Detention Center
April 7th, 2021 - 2:25pm
The bill, which also declares that it is not the primary purpose of local law enforcement to enforce civil federal immigration law, is part of a long struggle between immigrant advocates and police agencies over practices such as jails holding inmates longer than they otherwise would in order to give immigration officials a chance to take custody of them.

Venezuelans in Nevada welcome federal move to protect immigrants fleeing the country

March 11th, 2021 - 2:00am
Las Vegas resident Alberto Enriques has lived in the U.S. for 26 years, but he says his love for his home country of Venezuela “never dies,” so it hurts and frustrates him to see the devastation the political instability has brought some of his countrymen.

Organizers hope to keep Esperanza Fund alive as aid for undocumented immigrants runs dry

February 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
Unlike other Nevadans, however, Maria (whose last name will not be identified because of the vulnerable nature of her immigration status) and her family were ineligible to receive federal aid afforded by the CARES Act because she is undocumented. She’s lived in the U.S. for 24 years, since she immigrated from Mexico in 1997. Her husband and her daughter, a student at UNR, are both U.S. citizens.

Nevada COVID-19 vaccination program cannot be used to share personal information with federal agencies

A man's arm is cleaned before receiving a vaccination.
January 12th, 2021 - 2:24pm
The Governor’s Office for New Americans (ONA) released a statement on Tuesday saying that Nevada’s COVID-19 vaccination program cannot share personal information with federal agencies. The statement came in response to growing concerns in Nevada, notably among the undocumented immigrant community, over privacy protections provided by the program.

Chance encounter with law enforcement is nearly life-altering in last Nevada jurisdiction overtly partnering with ICE

A photo of the sign next to the road entering Nye County.
January 10th, 2021 - 2:00am
Cordón's experience is typical in that local law enforcement agencies "become essentially the suction valve that pull people into the deportation pipeline," said Michael Kagan, director of the UNLV Immigration Clinic.

For organizers serving immigrant community, pandemic means a pivot back to the basics

December 26th, 2020 - 2:00am
The pandemic has brought all new challenges. Although Make The Road Nevada is still fighting for its policy goals, it has sharpened its focus to meeting more basic and immediate needs — making sure people have food and shelter at a time when many immigrants are left out of government aid packages.

Court decides against ‘public charge rule’ that discourages immigrants from seeking public aid

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building in Las Vegas
December 16th, 2020 - 2:00am
Earlier this month, a federal court ruled against the Trump administration’s “public charge rule,” which disqualifies immigrants enrolled in certain public assistance programs from seeking admission into the U.S., such as permanent residency visas commonly known as green cards.

Nearing a deadline to terminate TPS protection, DHS announces a nine-month extension

Protester holding a sign saying "save TPS" in front of the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
December 10th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Department of Homeland Security published the order Wednesday morning, citing compliance with preliminary injunctions that block the federal government from ending TPS for people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, Nepal and Haiti during pending litigation.

Judge orders full DACA restoration after the program hung in the balance for three years

December 4th, 2020 - 6:21pm
Nevada DREAMers celebrated a federal judge’s decision Friday afternoon that requires the federal government to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to function as it did prior to September 2017, when President Donald Trump terminated it.

Can the Biden administration deliver on its message of a new hope for immigrants in the U.S.?

Joe Biden
November 29th, 2020 - 2:00am
President-elect Biden’s immigration plan is a sharp contrast to President Donald Trump’s “America First” philosophy and policies.

As U.S. sets record low cap on refugees, those who have made it to Nevada dream big

November 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
With the Trump administration capping the number of refugees allowed in the country to a record low 15,000 in the current fiscal year, opportunities for people from war-torn countries to begin anew in the U.S. have become increasingly out of reach.

Advocates demand residency for TPS holders, stop in Las Vegas during national campaign

September 29th, 2020 - 2:00am
The "On the Road to Justice" bus tour from the advocacy group National TPS Alliance took off from Los Angeles last Monday and will travel across the country until Nov. 13 to call for permanent residency for TPS holders, highlight the work of immigrants during the pandemic and encourage eligible voters to go to the polls on Nov. 3.

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