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Finding Joe Arpaio: Inside the Private Fundraising Dinner in Las Vegas

Last Saturday, Former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio accepted the “Courage Under Fire” award from conservative anti-tax activist Chuck Muth’s Conservative Leadership Conference. From the start, Arpaio’s planned visit came under fire due to his record in Maricopa County, and his controversial pardon from Donald Trump last month. Prior to Saturday, Muth wouldn’t even confirm Arpaio’s attendance, or the venue where the awards dinner would be held. On Saturday we were briefly removed from the dinner, then allowed to…

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Nevada State College Students and Faculty Walk Out in Support of DACA Students

On Monday, dozens of Nevada State College (NSC) students and several faculty walked out and gathered outside the Rogers Student Center in support of DACA students. They walked out to urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act to provide permanent legal protection for Nevada’s DACA recipients, and to reassure DREAMer students that the NSC community will continue to support them. (more…)

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DREAMer and College Student Nayelli Speaks Out on Life After DACA and the Future of DACA Activism

After the Trump Administration announced its decision on DACA, a group of college students and faculty met in Henderson to discuss how to advocate for student DREAMers in Nevada’s colleges. Afterwards, we spoke with one of these student DREAMers about her experience growing up here. She explains how she made it to college, and how she will fight to stay in the one place she calls home. (more…)

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Change Makers: The DREAMers Who Continue to Stand by the American Dream

Last week, the Trump Administration announced the end of the DACA program that protects DREAMers from deportation. Nevadans across the state reacted with sorrow and outrage. While many DREAMers themselves reacted similarly, we spoke with a few activists who expressed another feeling: determination. They shared with us why they’re determined to continue fighting for the American Dream, regardless of Donald Trump’s threats. (more…)

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Nevadans Discuss Next Steps After Trump Ends DACA

Hours after the Trump Administration announced its decision to end DACA, Nevada immigrants and allies gathered at the East Las Vegas Community Center to express their outrage and ask the tough questions on how immigrants can stay safe in the current legal environment. They then discussed what the end of DACA means going forward, and how immigrant communities can fight back. (more…)

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Fight for 15 Activists Hit Las Vegas Strip, Demand Fair Wages on Labor Day

On Labor Day, hundreds of economic justice activists took to the Las Vegas Strip to demand fair wages and workers’ rights. They were joined by Members of Congress, local elected officials, and other progressive activists on a warm Monday morning. And they marched just hours before President Donald Trump announced his final decision on the DACA program some 13,000 Nevadans rely upon for legal immigration status. (more…)

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Nevadans React to Trump’s DACA Decision

Today, Donald Trump decided to end the DACA program that’s prevented the deportation of 800,000 young immigrants… Though Trump had Attorney General Jeff Sessions make the announcement for him. In the hours following the announcement, Nevadans sprang into action and vowed to continue fighting until Nevada’s 13,000 DACA recipients and their families can finally live without fear. (more…)

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Change Makers: Rafael Lopez on Fighting for Immigrant Rights and Preparing for Life After DACA

Rafael Lopez always knew he was different. What he didn’t know growing up was how this difference in immigration status would change his life. This week, Lopez is coming to terms with how his life may change yet again. What does Donald Trump’s decision on DACA mean for Lopez, and for some 13,000 other Nevadans? Lopez breaks down how we got here, and what immigrant communities must do next to fight Trump’s agenda. (more…)

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Eye of the Storm: Can Congress Pass a Budget and Help for Harvey Victims in 12 Days?

Next Tuesday, Congress returns from its August Recess. From there, Congress only has twelve working days in the Capitol scheduled for September. Obviously, this calendar was devised before Hurricane Harvey. Still, one must ask: How on earth will they be able to pass a budget, advance some sort of “tax reform”, and pass emergency assistance for Harvey victims in such a short amount of time? (more…)

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Hate in Nevada: UNLV Law’s Michael Kagan Corrects the Record on Nevada’s Immigrant Communities

It’s easy for U.S. citizens  to take their Constitutional rights for granted. But for many immigrants working to become citizens,the legal system they have to navigate, can be extremely frightening. That fear has only heightened since Donald Trump’s inauguration as President. What’s being done about it? UNLV Boyd Law School Professor Michael Kagan explains not only how UNLV’s Immigration Law Clinic works, but why these immigrants need this resource now more than ever before. (more…)