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Mi Familia Vota and Immigrant Coalition Groups Call on Nevada Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro to include Latino and Immigrant Rights on the State Legislative Agenda

05.16.2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: Cecia Alvarado at Ceciaa@mifamiliavota.org
Or Karina Martínez karinam@mifamiliavota.org

Mi Familia Vota and Immigrant Coalition Groups Call on Nevada Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro to include Latino and Immigrant Rights on the State Legislative Agenda

AB 376, which would create a system of accountability for collaboration between local law enforcement and ICE, requires a fair review

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Nevada Immigrant Coalition calls on Senator Cannizzaro to be a champion for immigrant families and pass Assembly Bill 376 to ensure transparency in Nevada. AB376 would create a system of accountability around local law enforcement’s voluntary and costly collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The bill has not yet been scheduled in the legislative agenda for a vote and the deadline to pass committee is Friday, May 17, 2019. As a coalition, we ask Senator Cannizzaro to take a step towards transparency and equity for immigrant families in Nevada by adding AB376 to the State Judiciary Agenda.

Members of the Nevada Immigrant Coalition issued the following statements:

Cecia Alvarado, Nevada State Director for Mi Familia Vota, said: “We call on Nevada Senate Majority Leader, Nicole Cannizzaro, to add Assembly Bill 376 to the agenda and allow for a fair vote. Nevadans deserve a legislative process that reflects the needs of our community. AB376 restores the faith and trust of vulnerable Nevadans toward local police. Trust is eroded when police cannot commit to being open with the public about their cooperation with ICE agents. We urge Nevada Senate Majority Leader, Nicole Cannizzarro, to schedule the ICE transparency bill for a fair vote.”

LaLo Montoya, Political Director for Make the Road Nevada, said: “Being a DACA recipient does not protect me or anyone else with DACA from deportation. The bill AB376 is about transparency and having trust with our local law enforcement that they will not refer DREAMERs and TPS recipients to ICE for minor offenses, like traffic tickets”

Michael Kagan, Director of UNLV Immigration Clinic, said: “This bill will not require any police department to change anything about how it enforces the law. But it would require clarity and transparency with the public, which is essential for trust. Trust is especially an issue when people fear that police will have them deported after minor arrests or unpaid traffic tickets. We receive regular calls from Las Vegas residents who were handed over to ICE after the most minor arrests, and we meet victims of crime who fear to call the police because they fear their families being broken up.”

Erika Castro, Organizing Manager for Progressive Leadership of Nevada, said:Living in an era where undocumented immigrants are continually vilified to push a xenophobic agenda reminds me every day that my family and I are still at risk of deportation. In 2017, my father was arrested while putting gas in his car and sent to an Ohio detention center because of expired license plate tags. This has caused pain, financial stress, and fear for my entire family, including my U.S. citizen brother. Though this incident did not happen in Nevada, families in our state are facing similar circumstances because of the current collaboration between local Las Vegas law enforcement and ICE. Luckily, my father is now home, but many families don’t have the same fate. This is why we urge Senator Cannizzaro to pass Assembly Bill 376 and help protect all Nevadans.”

Bliss Requa-Trautz, Director, Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center, said: “AB376 is a simple matter of transparency. All Nevadans have the right to basic information about how state and local agencies are functioning. Opposition by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to this bill raises important questions about their motive, and specifically what LVMPD hopes to hide by opposing this legislation. We call on Senator Cannizaro to pass AB376 and take a step towards transparency, building trust and prioritizing community safety.”

Dr. Maureen Kilkenny, INDIVISIBLE Northern Nevada Immigration Issue Team Leader, said: The 1,700+ active members of Indivisible Northern Nevada support AB376 because we believe it is a “trust but verify” opportunity that will help Nevada law enforcement gain the trust of everyone in Nevada so that we can work together to keep our communities safe.  Bring AB376 to a vote!
Members of the Nevada Immigrant Coalition urge Democratic and Republican leaders from both houses to act quickly and schedule Assembly Bill 376 to be heard before the Friday deadline. The Nevada Immigrant Coalition will continue to monitor this bill as well as those who support – or fail to support – this critical legislation.

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.