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For Immediate Release:

Statement on President Trump’s New Executive Order

Las Vegas, NV – Today, president Trump signed an executive order that will now lock up families together that come seeking asylum. A few days ago, Trump indicated that there was nothing he was able to do regarding the separation of families. Now, he signs this executive order that only makes things worse and doesn’t change the “zero tolerance” policy that has been causing great trauma to children at the border.

Our country is going through a humanitarian crisis and placing families together in one facility does not change the bigger problem, which is helping families that seek a safe home in the U.S. Families belong together in communities, not in jails. Make the Road Nevada stands with the immigrant community and denounces further criminalization of immigrants.

ICE, CBP, and the entire immigration enforcement apparatus is being used as a tool to advance a white supremacist vision for this country–one where immigrants and people of color are kept in cages and brutalized. It is time to defund these out of control agencies and transform the system.

“ President Trump is not changing anything by signing this executive order. Seeking refuge and fleeing violence is not a crime. I have a six-year-old daughter and I can’t imagine being locked up inside a detention center as we fight for a better life. The president has the power to end this crisis that our country is going through, and he is not doing it. We need to get together and continue to call out our elected officials to help us as soon as possible” –

Argelia Rico, Mother and ‘Dreamer’, MRNV member

Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, and transformative education.

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For Immediate Release:

The forgotten Route 91 Survivors are finally being heard

Las Vegas, NV – At the Route 91 country music festival, there was a group of undocumented immigrants working that day. Regardless of their status, these people experienced the shooting like every other person that attended the concert. Some are still injured until this day, but all have been emotionally scarred for life.

Today, four of the survivors from that group met with Sheriff Lombardo in a private meeting along with North Las Vegas City Councilman, Isaac Barron and Director of Make the Road Nevada, Leo Murrieta. In this meeting, the members had the opportunity to share their stories exactly as they lived them on October 1st. Sheriff Lombardo actively listened to the horrifying stories and announced to the group his department’s move to add more people to review the U-Visa applications from the victims of the shooting in order to clear up the backlog.

This is a Victory for Make the Road Nevada and its members who have been working towards obtaining this meeting for many months. The survivors have also received help from others like Bilingual Behavioral Services (BBS) Counseling Center, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, the UNLV Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic, La Alianza Comunitaria Transnacional, and the Arriba Las Vegas Workers Center.

“The Sheriff took the time to listen to us while we told him our stories. He was in no rush, he let us speak and tell him everything. I really feel he truly listened to us, I just want to thank him because this is a huge step forward for me and the rest of the survivors” – Maritza King (Route 91 Harvest Festival survivor)

“Thank you to the Sheriff and his department, we now have more people working on behalf of U-Visa applicants in Clark County. There was only one person appointed to this task previously, but now they have acknowledged the needs of our community.” – Leo Murrieta (Director for Make the Road NV)

Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, and transformative education

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For Immediate Release:
June 1, 2018

Make The Road Nevada Responds to Report of Over 4,600 Deaths in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

Las Vegas, NV – Hurricane Maria shows a death toll of 4,600 according to a new report. This hurricane has shown to be the deadliest natural disaster on US soil, and one that until this day continues to be ignored by the federal government. In response to the failure to respond to this catastrophe, Make The Road Nevada released the following statement from Margarita Rebollal, Puerto Rican member leader of Make The Road Nevada.

“Hurricane Maria was a natural disaster worsen by the man-made one that followed The aftermath of the hurricane forced many Puerto Ricans to flee their homes where there most essential resources are non existent. In Las Vegas we created events to fundraise for Puerto Rico and not one politician attended nor has shown support the community. The response from the government to the Puerto Rican community has been poor and has caused many deaths that could have been prevented. As a result, from the crisis on the Island, many families are arriving to Nevada, as we welcome them, we also stand alongside these families until they receive the respect they deserve and until policies are put in place to help our fellow Americans in the island.”

Make the Road Nevada calls out the federal government to take actions to rapidly rebuild the Island of Puerto Rico and protect the families affected by the hurricane. As of right now, these families are left vulnerable for the 2018 hurricane season.

Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

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