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Titus Hosts Immigration Workshop, Reassures Communities Fearful of Trump

Last night, Rep. Dina Titus (D-Las Vegas) hosted a workshop in East Las Vegas for Nevadans who need help navigating the federal immigration system. As Titus was meeting with constituents, she spoke with us about her efforts to defend immigrant communities from a hostile Trump Administration.

Notes on the notarios

Notario fraud has always been a problem in American immigrant communities. Con artists have targeted vulnerable immigrants with promises of work permits and legal residency, only to bilk them out of their money while leaving them as vulnerable as ever.

Now that Donald Trump and his administration are targeting immigrant communities with more expansive deportation raids, these fraudulent notarios seek to cash in on the heightened climate of fear. At her East Las Vegas workshop, Rep. Titus addressed both the source of this fear and the notarios seeking to profit off it.

Photo by Andrew Davey
“Oftentimes, it’s those who can afford it the least who are victimized the most.”
– Rep. Dina Titus

Titus spoke to why she felt compelled to provide a safe space for aspiring Americans to speak with the experts about their legal needs. Unsurprisingly, it goes back to Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions stoking fear among her constituents. “People are often afraid to gather because they’re afraid there will be a raid, and they will be taken away. […] Every new immigration bill, every new travel ban, compounds the fear.”

We speak some more with Congresswoman Dina Titus at her community immigration workshop in Las Vegas.

Posted by Nevada Forward on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Titus also addressed the growing debate over Las Vegas Metro Police’s level of compliance with the 287(g) program that authorizes local law enforcement to cooperate more closely with ICE. “[Metro Police] have reassured us that they’re not doing ICE’s work, they’re only doing law enforcement work. […] They need the community not to be afraid of local police, so they can provide better protection for the people who live here.”

“Our symbol is the Statue of Liberty. We’re supposed to welcome people. […]  That’s not the image of my America.”
– Rep. Dina Titus
Photo by Andrew Davey

When asked about U.S. Senators Tom Cotton’s (R-Arkansas) and David Perdue’s (R-Georgia) bill to further restrict legal immigration, a bill that Trump recently endorsed, Titus questioned the intent of their “pro-jobs bill.” “Why don’t you work with the DREAMers who are here? They have skills. They have been educated. They speak English. They are being ignored for this policy.”

Rep. Dina Titus speaks to media at her community immigration workshop in Las Vegas.

Posted by Nevada Forward on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

In recent months, Dina Titus has been very outspoken in defense of her constituents, including immigrants. Is she looking to expand her horizons and add new constituents throughout the state? When asked about the 2018 U.S. Senate Race, Titus simply stated that she will announce a final decision at the end of the month.

“Not everybody in the government is your enemy. […] Do not hesitate to reach out and trust us.”
– Rep. Dina Titus

Last night’s event was the latest in a series of “Know Your Rights” community events meant to educate immigrant communities on their legal rights. State legislators and Members of Congress, including Titus, have teamed up with local immigrant advocacy groups to provide people with proper legal advice. They hope these kinds of community forums will reassure immigrant families that they need not fear imminent deportation… or notario fraud.

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