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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.

2020 Judicial Project

A close look at Clark County District Court and Supreme Court judicial race candidates

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.

Immigration | State Government

Indy Q&A: Office for New Americans director on the new state agency and her career focused on refugees

January 5th, 2020 - 2:00am
Her family’s own challenges adjusting to American life as immigrants has informed a career that included working as an asylum officer, serving the children of migrant farmworkers as an Americorps volunteer and becoming an immigration attorney for the refugee-focused Church World Service. Ozobia is now settling in to her latest role on that trajectory — directing Nevada’s Office for New Americans.

Congress | Immigration

Rosen calls for investigation into why Trump administration terminated Temporary Protected Status

December 9th, 2019 - 2:00am
The federal law and criteria regarding TPS requires that an administration review a country’s conditions, to ensure a safe return for those who would be affected, prior to the termination of the protection status. Ramos v. Nielsen alleges that the Trump Administration changed that policy to no longer consider safe country conditions.

Immigration | Legislature

Laxalt calls for special session on ICE agreement, in spite of proposal’s bleak chances

November 22nd, 2019 - 2:00am
Gov. Steve Sisolak, Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson and Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro did not respond to questions about whether they are open to the idea of convening lawmakers a year before their regularly scheduled 120-day session to work on the matter. But Democratic Sen. Yvanna Cancela, who has introduced legislation on the 287(g) topic in the past, called the push divisive and noted voters “rejected this brand of politics in 2018.”



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