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Every Monday and Thursday for the past few weeks, DACA recipients wake to the possibility that they will lose their protected status due to the pending Supreme Court decision. As another Monday passes, the uncertainty continues for DACA recipients. Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program now would leave many mixed-status families at risk during this COVID-19 pandemic. Not delaying a decision so life-altering as this is unjust. 

Aside from putting families at danger, a decision has the probability of cutting the job authorization of 700,000. Many DACA recipients are frontline, essential workers, putting their lives on the line for everyone else. DACA recipients make up 27,000 of the health care workers in the US that are helping combat COVID-19. During this time of crisis, adding status uncertainty on top of everything is the last thing we need right now. Deportation shouldn’t be on anyone’s mind while dealing with potential job loss or loss of a family member. Those fears intensified after reports of ICE continuing raids during shelter-in-place orders and other reports of ICE having a database of DACA recipients’ personal information. 

While we wait for the decision, DACA recipients should continue to renew their DACA as soon as possible. Despite the COVID-19 related closing of the USCIS offices, they will process applications using past biometrics.

If you need help filling out the application, we have people on staff who can help you. In addition, we also have our Las Vegas DREAM Fund, where you can donate and help us give out scholarships to cover the renewal fees. Please reach out to us at amgixs@maketheroadnv.org to see how we can support you.

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The Trump administration has proposed fee changes to the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) applications, increasing the fee on naturalization by almost 200% among others.

By proposing this change, the administration is putting a class barrier on legal pathways of immigration that will disproportionately affect Latinx immigrants. So far, these are proposals but it is been estimated that, if approved the changes could go into effect as soon as March or April of this year. Ultimately, their plan is to take the increased income generated from the immigrant community to fund ICE to continue its terror campaign on our communities. 

The most drastic change in fees is for the naturalization application and the application filed for DACA, which is used when permanent residents meet the time requirement to apply for citizenship. By increasing the fee, it will disenfranchise these immigrants for longer, immigrants that could be using their vote to stand up to anti-immigrant politicians threatening their families and livelihoods. The pathway to citizenship is already full of obstacles, something that’s been referred to in a Times article as an “invisible wall”, with fees and wait times making it almost impossible for some immigrants to do it the “right way”. 

The fees for DACA renewals are subject to change from $495 to $760 if the proposal goes through, the change would cause many to lose their protections due to financial barriers. DACAmented immigrants rely on this work permit to pay bills, mortgages and tuition. Many young DACAmented students don’t qualify for most scholarships or financial aid because of their legal status. Adding this additional financial burden is clearly meant to discriminate against low-income Latinx immigrants. Since last year we have been fundraising to provide DACA renewal scholarships for local DACA recipients, in total we were able to give out 64 scholarships. 

We continue to fight for dignity and respect for immigrants in this country. If you need help with your DACA renewal reach out to us. MRNV has started The Las Vegas Dream Fund specially for DREAMers in Nevada that are not able to pay the fees to renew their DACA application. 

 

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For Immediate Release: January 27, 2020

The Supreme Court sides with Trump on “Public Charge”

LAS VEGAS, NV— The Supreme Court has voted 5-4, along ideological lines, to allow the Trump administration to apply the “Public Charge” rule for immigrants applying for a green card. By allowing “Public Charge” to be applied while it runs its course through the lower courts, the supreme court has further enabled Trump’s racist attacks on the immigrant community. Now, the most vulnerable population of immigrants will be punished for the aid they desperately need.

In addition, by allowing this rule to stand, not only are immigrants suffering but children from mixed-status families will suffer from the fear of being punished for use of public assistance, even though it won’t.

“This will make some immigrant parents opt out of assistance like free school lunch. The impact that this ruling will have goes beyond the scope of the actual rule, but also the turmoil within the immigrant community that it will cause. We need to support them, not deny them life-sustaining support such as food stamps, Medicaid and housing assistance.” Leo Murrieta, Executive Director for Make the Road Nevada 

Make the Road NV is committed to fighting for the rights of immigrants in this country. The application of this rule would create a wealth check that will disproportionately affect hard working Latinx immigrants.

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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LaLo learned at an early age what it meant to be an undocumented immigrant. He was brought to the United States at the age of 2 and was fortunate enough to receive DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) at the age of 25. He is now the political director for Make the Road NV and works hard every day to empower his community and unite all people to fight for everyone’s right to be able to achieve their full potential, regardless of a 9 digit social security number.

On November 12th, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) started hearing testimonials on the DACA program. Now more than ever, we need to stand with #Dreamers.

RENEW YOUR DACA DONATE TO HELP OTHERS & GET INVOLVED

If you live in Las Vegas, NV and need assistance with renewing your application or you want to share your story and get involved in the fight to PROTECT OUR DREAMers, email: amigxs@maketheroadnv.org

Donate to help local DREAMers renew their DACA http://bit.ly/MRNVdonate

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HELP US REACH OUR GOAL OF $1000 BY DONATING TODAY!


Our goal for this year’s #GivingTuesday is to be able to raise enough money to pay for two
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal application fees. The cost to renew our DREAMers application is a $495 fee. A substantial amount for any person much less a working student. Giving Tuesday is happening on Dec 2nd, but why wait? You can donate now at: http://bit.ly/mrnvgive2019

DACA allows the recipients to be able to continue their education, obtain a work permit so that they are able to provide for themselves and their families, and most importantly, it gives them the opportunity to stay in the place they call home for another two years. Our immigrant youth are at risk of deportation and for most of the 700,000 beneficiaries, this is the only country they know.


This holiday season, while you gather around with your loved ones, give someone else that same opportunity. Families belong together today and every day. Donate to our DACA renewal scholarship fund now and let DREAMers know that they belong here. You can donate at our #GivingTuesday page here: http://bit.ly/mrnvgive2019

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CORRECTION: Current cost of a DACA renewal fee as of 11.19.19 is $495 NOT $496.

November 16, 2019 – On Saturday, Make the Road NV(MRNV) and partners from the Nevada Immigrant Coalition(NIC) prepared for a DACA Renewal Clinic. This DACA clinic was part of an effort with FWD.us and The Informed Immigrant coalition to help DACA recipients extend their protection amidst the Supreme Court case discussed on Tuesday, November 12. We were able to provide 30 DACA renewal scholarships to helped ease the $495 burden that families struggle to pay for every two years.

The Dreamers that came to the Clinic were first helped by filling out their applications and gather the documents required for the process. From there, they were sent our volunteer photographers who provided either free or reduced-priced passport pictures for the Dreamers, another hidden cost in the process. The next stop was with an immigration lawyer who went over their applications and answer any potential questions the beneficiary had. Lastly, they were given copies of all their documents and vouchers were given to those that received the scholarship. Thanks to our volunteers’ efforts, the 40 DACA recipients can keep living their lives in the place they call home, for many the only home they know. 

In Nevada alone, DACA recipients make $15.8 million in mortgage payments a year.

Being able to provide this service to the community of DACA recipients was critical at a time when the future of the program and the 700,000 beneficiaries and their families is at stake. The Supreme Court is expected to make a decision about DACA between January 2020 and June 2020, in the meantime, it is important to support DACA recipients and uplift their stories, and their contributions to our country. DREAMers are homeowners, teachers, and leaders in our community. In Nevada alone, DACA recipients make $15.8 million in mortgage payments a year. These Dreamers are vital to our community and economy, leaving them without protection and a way to earn an income would result in disastrous effects in the country. 

 

 

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Thank you to FWD.US and the Informed Immigrant team for supporting the clinic, and thank you to our partners in the Nevada Immigrant Coalition for putting in the work needed to bring this service to our community. A massive thanks to AILA NV and the attorneys that volunteered their time, Enedina Dorsey Kassamanian, Mayra Salinas, Sarah Perez, Romero Mario, and Hardeep Dee Sull.

If you have DACA please renew as soon as possible, if you don’t you can help a Dreamer stay in their home, donate to our DACA renewal scholarship fund here. To stay informed on the latest on the DACA case, upcoming clinics and other immigration related issues, make sure to come to our weekly meetings, Tuesdays at 6:30pm and Wednesday at 6:00pm. For more information, contact us at amigxs@maketheroadnv.org

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Karla was brought to the United States at the age of 1 and a half years old. As a DREAMer she has been able to work, pay for school, and live the American Dream with her family. Now with the future of DACA being uncertain, she is determined to fight against family separation. Her message is clear, love humanity and fight for the right to stay in the place she calls home.

On November 12th, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear cases on the DACA program. Now more than ever, we need to stand with Dreamers.

RENEW YOUR DACA
DONATE TO HELP OTHERS
& GET INVOLVED

If you live in Las Vegas, NV and need assistance with renewing your application or you want to share your story and get involved in the fight to PROTECT OUR DREAMers email: amigxs@maketheroadnv.org

Donate to help local DREAMers renew their DACA http://bit.ly/MRNVdonate

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On November 1st & 2nd of 2019, Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) participated for the first time at Life in Death Festival in Winchester Park. Dia de los Muertos is a tradition in Mexico where families put up pictures of loved ones that have passed away on to an ofrenda with bright colors, candles, fresh flowers, foods and items that once belonged to their loved ones. This altar is meant to honor them and welcome them their spirits with items they are remembered by.

Our ofrenda was dedicated to the children and transgendered women that have passed away while being under ICE custody at the border. All passed through Mexico in hopes of a better future than what they were currently living. Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin (7-years-old), Felipe Gomez Alonzo, an (8-years-old), Juan de León Gutiérrez (16), Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez (2½), and Mariee Juárez (18-months-old) are just some of the victims that deserve justice. Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle (10-years-old) just wanted to be with her mother who had been working in the U.S. for 9 years and Johana Medina Leon and Roxana Hernandez did not feel safe in their country for being transgendered women.

These were asylum seekers and they had rights. They needed hope and empathy, not a wall. Make the Road Nevada understand first hand the devastation family separation brings and we will continue to fight so our families can one day live with dignity. Today, we honor the lives of those that can no longer be here and we want to bring more attention to the injustices that are happening with our latinx community.

Along with our Ofrenda, MRNV had a face painting for DACA booth where our members painted traditional sugar skulls on children and adults to raise funds for DACA renewal scholarships. We managed to raise enough for two new applications! We would like to thank all our members who dedicated their time to creating the Ofrenda for weeks prior to the event and to those who came to share their face painting talents for a great cause. We look forward to next years Dia de Los Muertos to further bring our awareness of issues happening in our community.

If you live in Las Vegas, NV and need assistance with renewing your application or you want to share your story and get involved in the fight to PROTECT OUR DREAMers email: amigxs@maketheroadnv.org

You can also donate to help local DREAMers renew their DACA at: http://bit.ly/MRNVdonate

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Oct. 12, 2019 This past weekend was the 22nd annual Pride Parade and Festival, and as part of the community, Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) was there to support and share some of the work we do. Along with sharing information, we were doing face painting, LGBTQ trivia, and selling are limited edition Pride Shirts, with all the proceeds going towards DACA scholarships. 

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, celebrating Pride was important for our community. As we continue to support and fight for equal rights and dignity for the immigrant community, we remember the loss of Roxsana Hernandez two years ago, a trans woman from Honduras, while under ICE custody. Rosxana was fleeing the discrimination she was facing in her home because of what she identified as. While seeking asylum, she was taken into custody at the border, but was neglected and incorrectly housed, and eventually passed away. 

We got to share information on some of the most influential activists in the LGBTQ community, from Las Vegas and past leaders of the struggle for equal rights, through our trivia game with sweet candy prizes. It was a great way to celebrate the long fight for equal rights and the continued struggle by the LGBTQ community.  If you would like to get involved or get more information on services for survivors, contact us at info@maketheroadnv.org or join us at our weekly meetings Wednesdays at 6 pm. 

 

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Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019, Two years after the mass shooting at the Route 91 Festival has changed our city forever, the impact of this horrific event continues to ripple through our community. The evening was filled with emotions as the Make the Road NV offices began to get filled with survivors, their families and community members gathered for a vigil in honor of the victims of the tragedy. Survivors spoke about their experience and their recovery, reverends came and shared thoughtful words, and mental health professionals from Silver State Health Services spoke on the work that has been done to aid in the recovery of the survivors. In addition to the vigil, survivors were treated to a day of healing with relaxing and restorative activities. 

During the day, a group of survivors filled our office which was converted into a healing space, with low lighting, calming music, and soothing scents. There were opportunities for the survivors to speak with counselors and professionals from Silver State Health Services. Along with counseling, messages, energy crystal healing treatment, guided breathing and restorative yoga were offered as more opportunities to heal. It was important for us to offer a safe space for the group of undocumented survivors that don’t get the chance or lack the resources to perform healing activities in their daily lives. Especially, because for some of the survivors the date resurfaces a lot of the trauma that was endured and has been repressed. Bryan, one of the younger survivors that was working the event the night of the massacre, mentioned that he continues to struggle with large crowds. 

Make the Road Nevada and Silver State Health Services, formerly Bilingual Behavioral Services (BBS) were some of the only organizations to provide support for the undocumented workers at the festival. The undocumented workers were not being provided health services or included as an affected group. After two years and several actions outside of the Sheriff’s office, many of the undocumented survivors are well in the process of receiving their U-Visas. Although there is a silver lining to shooting, we can’t forget the victims and the trauma that was caused. 

We would like to thank Planet Protein, Viva Las Arepas, Silver State Health Services, Kenevision, Shalom Rasa, Natalie Jasper, Laura Arteaga, Monika Misklewicz, Rasa Jordan, Kate Lynn Davenport, Perla Sanchez, Jennifer Carillo, Margarita Romano, Adam Berger, Ruth Carillo, and Penny James for helping make such a painful day for the survivors into a day to heal. If you would like to get involved or get more information on services for survivors, contact us at info@maketheroadnv.org or join us at our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 6 pm at 4250 E. Bonanza Rd, Las Vegas NV 89110. 

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