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Department of Homeland Security will reject DACA requests as it “weighs future of the program”

July 28th, 2020 - 3:17pm
The memorandum comes in response to a Supreme Court decision in June in which justices upheld the program — ruling that President Donald Trump rescinded it in an arbitrary and capricious manner in 2017 — and kicked the issue back to the administration to do things differently. The decision gave DACA recipients across the country hope for a long-term and secure future in the U.S.


Indy Q&A: Urban Institute researcher explains the findings of a new report that show chilling effects of the public charge rule on Las Vegas immigrant families

July 16th, 2020 - 10:00am
The report found that Las Vegas provides limited infrastructure to serve immigrant families, despite the large population of immigrants in the city, and limited coordination among immigrant-serving organizations to disperse information and communication regarding the public charge rule.

Community | Coronavirus | Immigration

Nevada Interrupted: Immigrant workers struggling without coronavirus aid call on state to provide economic relief

May 6th, 2020 - 2:00am
In Las Vegas, Velasquez found work cleaning peoples’ homes — until the coronavirus outbreak. She stopped working in mid-March out of concerns for her own health and those of the families whose homes she cleans. Her husband, a construction worker, hasn’t been able to work since mid-February because of a work-related injury.

Coronavirus | Immigration

Attorneys urge ICE to release non-mandatory detainees to prevent coronavirus infection

March 23rd, 2020 - 2:00am
After several attorneys, law and interest groups sent a letter to officials of the ICE Salt Lake City field office on Tuesday urging the agency to suspend field operations and release non-mandatory detainees, ICE announced on Wednesday that it would delay enforcement for “those who are not public safety risks.” The federal agency has not addressed whether it will implement alternatives to detention for non-mandatory detainees and for those who are considered to be high health risks to COVID-19.


New “public charge” rule may deny immigrants legal status for using public assistance, spurs uncertainty among Nevadans

February 26th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it is implementing a rule allowing the federal government to deny entry or legal status to an immigrant if officials deem the applicant is “likely at any time to become a public charge” — a move that has prompted questions from Nevada immigrants about whether they should withdraw their children from government food and health care programs.

Immigration | State Government

Contract for post-prison re-entry services approved for subsidiary of company known for running ICE detention centers

February 18th, 2020 - 1:27pm
After about 10 minutes of questions from the governor on whether the company would be working with ICE and whether approving the contract would run afoul of legislation banning private prison companies from providing core correctional services in Nevada, the board voted to approve the agreement. Ford said he was satisfied with the answers he got that the centers would advance criminal justice reform.

Immigration | Local Government

Man whose arrest after sitting on sidewalk touched off deportation proceedings sues Vegas police

February 12th, 2020 - 2:00am
The suit comes after Lombardo announced in October that his agency would stop participating in the so-called “287(g)” jail-based partnership with ICE, and honoring holds, following a federal court in California’s ruling on the issue. Adame-Reyes’ lawyers said they worry that Lombardo could go back on his word, based on what they described as a begrudging promise to end the agreement. 

Congress | Immigration

Senators call for investigation into Nevada ICE detention center after reports that employee posted on neo-Nazi website

January 10th, 2020 - 10:20am
Cortez Masto and Rosen also pointed to other issues within the private detention center, including the death of an inmate who was apparently strangled by another inmate and the on-site suicide of an employee. They are asking for an investigation into matters including employee screening and how closely the Pahrump site is monitored for compliance to the terms of its federal contract.



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