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Make the Road Responds to Rumors of Trump’s “Deal” to Fund his Racist Border Wall

Immigrant leaders from CT, NJ, NV, NY and PA denounce a supposed “deal” from Trump and call on Congress to reopen the government right away

In response to rumors that Donald Trump will offer to extend protections to Dreamers in exchange for funding for a border wall, Make the Road organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey, Nevada, New York and Pennsylvania issued the following joint statement:

“Across the country today, immigrant women and their allies are marching to demand that all our communities be treated with respect and dignity. Meanwhile, Donald Trump appears poised to make yet another push for his absurd and unnecessary border wall.

Donald Trump is not offering a compromise – he is continuing to hold federal workers and the American people hostage in his ridiculous efforts to fund a border wall.

Trump is the one who ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs, jeopardizing millions of immigrants and their families. He has no right to use us as a pawn in his political games.

We call on Congress to reject any border wall deal from Trump, and to reopen the government right away. Congress should pass legislation to protect Dreamers and TPS recipients, but not in exchange for a racist border wall.”

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Make the Road Responds to Trump’s Threat to Declare a National Emergency at the Border

Las Vegas, NV – Immigrant leaders from Nevada, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut denounce Trump’s latest attack on immigrants and effort to undermine democratic institutions

In response to Donald Trump’s declaration that he might declare a national emergency at the border, the Make the Road organizations in Nevada, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut issued the following joint statement:

“In an effort to undermine Congress and continue his anti-immigrant racist ploy, Donald Trump is lying to the people and manufacturing a fictitious national emergency. Trump cannot turn the military into his own personal company to build his absurd, racist, expensive border wall.”

“The real crisis is the fact that immigrant children are dying at the hands of ICE and CBP, the families that have been separated at the border, and the 800,000 federal employees and their families whose paychecks and livelihoods are being held hostage. The only crisis at the border has been caused by this administration’s cruel policies towards children and families.”

“Not one dollar should be given for Trump’s wall, or his out-of-control deportation machine. The Senate should pass the bipartisan House bills to reopen the government, and Trump should come to his senses and end this government shutdown.”

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Contact: info@maketheroadnv.org

STATEMENT: A New Era for Nevada Politics

“Lifting up the voices of working families has been one of the biggest victories throughout this election,”
says Make The Road Nevada Director

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — The results are in and Nevada voters have brought on the most significant victory for progressive elected officials and policy in recent history. Despite the constant attacks to our immigrant communities, Latino voters responded by going to the polls and demanded a better quality of life and to show that no matter what happens, they can’t be intimidated. Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) spoke to 74,513 voters of color so that we can build a political system that represents us and the issues that are important to our families.

Mario Wolthers, Member Leader for MRNV
“All year, we spoke with voters of color about the importance of supporting working families and ensuring that all Nevadans earn a living wage that keeps food on the table and their families in their homes. I hope every elected official who won office in this election knows that Make the Road is here to make sure you fulfill your promises to our families.”

Leo Murrieta, Director for Make the Road Nevada
“Unprecedented midterm voter turnout among people of color has brought amazing
victories for progressive politics. The Latinx community has proven that they demand
representation that treats their families with dignity and respect. This election dwarfed
Nevada’s 2014 midterm voter turnout during early vote and election day, our state
should be proud of this amazing turnout. When Nevadans vote, the issues that our
families care about get heard in Carson City and Washington DC.”

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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Nevada families Denounce Trump’s Attack on Birthright Citizenship

Las Vegas, NV President Donald Trump has once again threatened immigrant families. In an exclusive interview with Axios news, Trump announced plans to issue an unconstitutional executive order that would look to eliminate birthright citizenship. However, families and immigrant advocates in Nevada are not losing sight of what is important and that is to continue taking people to the polls.

Jason Cebreros, Member of Make the Road Nevada:

“I was born in the United States after my mother left her country to give me a better life, a quality of life that I wouldn’t have had if my mother had stayed in Mexico. Listening to Donald Trump’s interview is really upsetting, but my family refuses to roll over on our backs, we will fight as hard as we can, and we will be working to get Latinos out to vote harder than ever before!”

Make the Road Nevada Director Leo Murrieta:

“This is nothing new, we knew two years ago during the last elections that Donald Trump was looking to trample over the constitution and the rights of Latinos and immigrants in this country. Two years later and this President and his party have thrown immigrant children in cages, they’ve ripped babies from the arms of their mothers, they’ve sought to penalize immigrants for providing vital resources to care for their children through this Public Charge rule. This President craves attention when he believes his political allies, or his political party are in danger, so it’s no coincidence that this comes out one week prior to election day. It won’t work this time. Latinos in Nevada refuse to be disrespected like this and I assure you that they will turn their sights on Nevada’s political cronies, Nevada is not for sale and we will not tolerate their rhetoric.”

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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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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Rep. Jacky Rosen speaks to Members of Make the Road Nevada about her Recent Visit to the Border

LAS VEGAS, NV— Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) welcomed Jacky Rosen, Congresswoman for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District who spoke about her recent trip to the border, she states she was able to witness first-hand the effects of the Trump Administration’s family separation policy.

“I visited the center and it is clean, but what concerns me is that they have no legal representation, they (children) don’t know where they are going, they can only make two 10-minute calls a week and they have a lot of anxiety. We have to keep Trump’s administration accountable for their actions and we need to work with Congress, to approve solutions for our immigrant families”

These remarks were made to members from Make the Road Nevada a week after Representative Rosen’s visit to the U.S- Mexico Border where she toured Tornillo, the detention center where the administration holds immigrant children who are separated from their parents. Members also asked key questions to Congresswoman Rosen regarding the dream act, resources for the Puerto Ricans that arrived in Nevada after Hurricane Maria and other immigration concerns.
“I like that Congresswoman Jacky Rosen came to talk to us and that I had an opportunity to voice my concerns about immigration, I look forward to seeing her write laws that protect DACA students and to play a role on removing ICE from enforcing racist and anti-immigrant laws.” – Mario Wolthers, Member of Make the Road Nevada

“When we ask your office to do more, than social media, than speeches on the floor it is because these members have asked us to do more and when you win your senate race we need you, again, to do more.” – Leo Murrieta, Director of Make the Road Nevada to Congresswoman Rosen

In case you missed it: http://bit.ly/JackyRosen

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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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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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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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For Immediate Release
April 6, 2018
CONTACT: info@maketheroadnv.org

Make The Road Nevada Issues a Scathing Response to Trump on deploying National Guard Across Southern US Border

Las Vegas, NV –

The last month in particular, the Trump Administration has been in high gear, issuing executive orders and other far-reaching directives with regards to immigration. Earlier Wednesday, Donald Trump signed a proclamation deploying the National guard across the 1,933 mile southern border of the United States.

This decision completely disregards the facts: 40 percent of those apprehended at the border are families and children, who are not able to evade detection and instead seek out US officials to request asylum. Additionally, US Customs and Border Patrol is the largest law enforcement agency in the entire country. Our constituency of immigrant communities across Las Vegas and Nevada at large is firmly opposed to the notion that the national guard should be deployed for the purpose of immigration enforcement. It is as costly as it is dangerous. We implore Governor Sandoval, as many others are doing, to use his power as commander of Nevada’s national guard and do our part to stop this foolishness on the part of the President.

“This proclamation by the President to mobilize the entire national guard and use them as border enforcement is not only a waste of taxpayer dollars, but places us in danger of being below capacity to respond to real threats in our home states. This willingness to waste taxpayer dollars in order to advance his xenophobic agenda and further militarize border communities is an international embarrassment. When I am asked about this by the students I work with, how can I respond? There is no logic or statistic that justifies this.”

Mario Wolthers, Student Aid for Disabled Students, MRNV member leader

“As immigrant communities have found their voices protesting this President’s aggression, we also recognize that a dangerous militarization of the border using the national guard will waste millions of taxpayer dollars. Despite Trump’s ludicrous claims of uncontrolled borders, unauthorized migration at the southern border is at a 46-year low. Across the southern border region, Border Patrol agents are apprehending less than two unauthorized immigrants per agent per month. Beyond creating flashpoints for confrontation at border communities, this will leave the National Guard severely below its capacity to respond to national emergencies. Make The Road Nevada condemns this foolish and dangerous proclamation by President, and continues to mobilize for dignity and justice in immigrant communities.”

Leo Murrieta, State Director of MRNV

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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