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Do top Nevada officials want to keep or end DACA program?

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President Donald Trump is expected to announce Tuesday he's ending the DACA program, which protects undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children from deportation.

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

So how do Nevada's top elected officials feel about the Obama-era immigration program?

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.

A spokeswoman for Governor Brian Sandoval said he supports the program and wants to see it continued, but believes it should have been initially done through legislation instead of an executive order for this exact reason.

Nevada's three Democratic House members, Dina Titus, Jacky Rosen and Ruben Kihuen all support DACA.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Republican Mark Amodei initially voted for DACA, but voted against a bill to expand it in 2015.


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