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Argelia Rico is 25 years old and lives is Las Vegas, Nevada, special Needs Student Tutor & Pre-K assistant. She is one of the young bright leaders growing out of the community-based movement for immigrant justice.
As a 25 year old advocate for immigrants, full-time Special Needs tutor and Pre-K assistant, and supermom to a beautiful little girl, we are incredibly proud to say she is a part of our organization.
Mother to a Beautiful Little Girl
She shared her captivated story on how she got pregnant at the National Women’s March event, where she gained national recognition in this struggle for dignity and justice.
She is eligible to renew her DACA in this brief window of time, giving her time to make sense of what the political battles being fought in congress mean for her family.
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Many survivors, undocumented workers from the October 1 Massacre in Las Vegas and Make the Road Nevada members gathered outside the police headquarters on June 12 to meet with the sheriff of Clark County, Joe Lombardo.
For the past eight months, shortly after the Route 91 country music festival shooting occur, Make the Road Nevada together with other partners in the city have helped over 70 undocumented immigrants that were working in the event that night. The help has varied from emotional support to legal assistance. Many of the Make the Road Nevada’s members but also survivors of the shooting have started the U-Visa immigration process with the hopes that something good can result from a tragedy that has marked their lives forever.
The day of the meeting, four of the members shared their stories exactly as they lived them last October. In the meeting was also North Las Vegas City Councilman, Isaac Barron, who has also advocated for the victims of the shooting. The survivors were in different places of the venue, some were working cleaning the restrooms, others at the food stands and many behind the stage, helping the music bands move their equipment. 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.
The certification from the police department indicating they were victims is necessary, so this group could continue with their U-Visa applications. The massacre of October 1 has been one of the deadliest mass shooting committed in the United States. The shooting left 58 people dead and more than 800 injured. Make the Road Nevada has made sure to provide Spanish resources to the those who need them alongside 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.
This comes as a victory for MRNV and many others working to help this group obtain justice after the deadliest mass shooting in the country. Even though it’s a huge step forward for victims and the organization, they will both continue to keep authorities accountable on their promise to review the victim’s applications.
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For Immediate Release
Puerto Ricans React to $10 million being Diverted from the Reconstruction of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
Las Vegas, NV – As the east coast gets ready for Hurricane Florence, late last night a budget document was released by a Democratic senator that shows that the Department of Homeland Security transferred 10 million dollars from FEMA to ICE. This money was transferred to pay for ICE’s detention and removal operations.
Make the Road Nevada condemns the Trump administration for diverting FEMA funds to pay for ICE detention centers. It is unacceptable that when U.S citizens needed all the help from FEMA the administration decided to transferred millions of dollars away from the agency. This news was released after Trump had said that the response to hurricane Maria was “one of the best jobs that’s ever been done with respect to what this is all about”. These acts are inhumane, and we stand in solidarity with our Latino community.
“I came to Nevada after Hurricane Maria destroyed my home, Puerto Rico. It really upsets me to think that my beautiful island could have been reconstructed and at a better place right now if the administration would have not made the bad decision of using FEMA funds for something else. We are American Citizens and deserve to be treated like it” – Milagros Lozada (Puerto Rican, victim of Hurricane Maria)
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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