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Nevada Governor supports DACA, encourages Congress to act to preserve program

Governor Brian Sandoval

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval released the following statement regarding President Trump's decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):

Nevada is a state that is proud of its dynamic and diverse immigrant communities. I support DACA and have been proud to sign into law legislation that allowed DACA recipients to become licensed teachers in our schools and provide a path for them to earn a driver’s license which has increased safety for all Nevadans. I have also had the privilege to meet many individuals and families whose lives have been transformed by this program. These are individuals who were brought here as children and this is the country they know and love because it’s their home. Many are now young adults who wear our nation’s uniform in the Armed Forces or are teaching in our classrooms. They’re our neighbors, friends, and the familiar faces at the grocery store. They are Nevadans. While the State has taken many actions to embrace and ensure equal opportunities for DACA recipients, a solution requires Congressional action. I am hopeful that Nevada’s federal delegation will recognize the urgency of the moment and fight for the thousands of Nevadans who are living happier lives and contributing to our state’s recovery. Congress must act in order to preserve this program and reform and stabilize our nation’s immigration system.

About 12,000 Nevadans are so-called DREAMers, and if they are deported, Nevada could take a $585 million economic hit per year, according to a study by the Center for American Progress.

Do other top Nevada officials support the ending of DACA?

Both Nevada Senators, Republican Dean Heller and Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, support DACA.

In a statement released Monday, Heller said he was concerned that DACA was started through an executive order, but supports the program continuing.

I've made clear that I support the program because hardworking individuals who came to this country through no fault of their own as children should not be immediately shown the door. This is why I am a cosponsor of the BRIDGE Act, which provides legal status for these individuals while Congress works toward a permanent solution through the proper Constitutional process. Just as I have in the past, I'll continue to work with my colleagues to reform our broken immigration system and that must start with securing our borders; however, we cannot lose sight of the fact that our country has a long history of welcoming immigrants and our communities in Nevada are stronger because of it.

Last month, Cortez Masto spoke at a roundtable in Reno for people who have benefited from DACA, and released the following statement then.

The DACA program has given hundreds of thousands of young people, including 12,000 Nevadans, who have never known any home other than the United States the peace of mind that they will not suddenly be rounded up and deported. DACA has allowed DREAMers to come out of the shadows and serve in our military, pursue higher education, and enrich our communities. I will continue working to protect DACA and establish a permanent path to citizenship for DREAMers.

Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei released the following statement on Wednesday:

Since I’ve been here, I’ve called on congressional leadership to act on immigration reform. I would always rather be criticized for attempting to move this issue toward a solution, than criticized for repeated inaction. Now, Congress has six months to do the job it’s supposed to do according to the Constitution. If we’re unable to do that job, then 800,000 immigrants will be affected. That number includes individuals currently serving in our Military, working professionals, students, and other contributing members of our society.
“The last time Congress passed any sort of substantial immigration reform was during the Reagan Administration. As far as I’m concerned, if we’re unable to kick it into high gear and follow through on this issue after 31 years – the blame is rightfully Congress’s.

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