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
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.
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Chance encounter with law enforcement is nearly life-altering in last Nevada jurisdiction overtly partnering with ICE
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
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
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.
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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.
Undocumented Nevadans make the most of a $300 grant in absence of federal and state aid
September 27th, 2020 - 2:00am
Eduardo Moreno and his partner are also among the mixed immigration status families who have been excluded from federal and state aid packages meant to lessen the economic blow caused by COVID-19. Moreno is undocumented and his partner and their children are American citizens.
Appeals court decision may mean TPS beneficiaries from six countries lose legal status next year
September 14th, 2020 - 2:31pm
More than 400,000 TPS beneficiaries live in the U.S., including more than 4,000 in Nevada. About 450,000 U.S. citizens live in a household with a TPS recipient, including about 280,000 U.S.-born children who are under the age of 18 and could be forced to move to a country they never knew or be separated from their parents if they lose TPS and are deported.
Court blocks Trump's attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from census count for congressional representation
September 12th, 2020 - 2:00am
A panel of three judges for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York unaminously ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump's memorandum to withhold the number of undocumented immigrants from the 2020 census count was an overreach of power. Nevada has the highest proportion of undocumented immigrants of any state, making up 7 percent of the population in 2016.
Cortez Masto: ICE detention center in Pahrump appears clean, but underscores immigration enforcement ‘is just broken’
September 5th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Nevada Democrat toured Nevada Southern Detention Center, which holds Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees as well as inmates in U.S. Marshal custody, as part of an official congressional oversight visit. She said the trip reinforced her position that there need to be major changes in the country’s immigration enforcement practices.
New initiative provides economic aid for immigrant Nevadans ineligible for past state and federal aid
Dozens of immigrants in Elko area suffer after postal worker accused of intentionally discarding immigration documents
August 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
A letter dated June 2020 from the Office of the Inspector General addressed to the senator’s office explains an investigation had already been underway and determined that a postal office employee in Salt Lake City had intentionally discarded the missing federal immigration documents.
Nevada advocates speak out as immigration document fees increase by 20 percent; U.S. becoming one of four countries to charge for asylum
August 10th, 2020 - 2:00am
Within the hike is an 83 percent increase for naturalization, a 34 percent increase for work permits, additional fees for green cards and a $50 fee for asylum seekers, making the U.S. only one of four countries — along with Iran, Australia and Fiji — to charge for an asylum application.
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.
Nevada joins lawsuit against Trump administration’s plan to exclude undocumented immigrants in 2020 census
July 25th, 2020 - 2:00am
Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford says he has joined a coalition of states including New York and Colorado, in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s memorandum to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in this year’s census.