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REPRESENTATIVES FROM SOUTHERN NEVADA’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION COMMENT ON THE ONGOING CRISIS IN PUERTO RICO

Las Vegas, NV – Today, Make the Road Nevada hosted a roundtable with members from the community and representatives from Southern Nevada’s congressional delegation to talk about the current needs in Puerto Rico and how Congress can step in to assist. At the same time, a federal court hearing was taking place to decide what will happen to the island’s $72 billion public debt.

Across the nation many groups, including Make the Road Nevada, are asking for Judge Laura Taylor Swain, the judge presiding over hearings on Puerto Rico’s debt, to eliminate $6 billion in debt that was declared “illegal” by Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board last month and to cancel other parts of the debt.

In today’s roundtable, many commented on what is currently going in Puerto Rico;

Judy Fleishman, a member of the Puerto Rican Association of Las Vegas, issued the following statement:

“The United States says they responded to the disaster and they did, but Puerto Rico continues the need to receive help so they can recover after a hurricane that ended with a big part of the island destroyed. Puerto Rico needs funding and if some of this debt is not eliminated, it will hurt Puerto Rico for a long time.”

Congresswoman Susie Lee issued the following statement:

While Puerto Rico continues to rebuild from one of the worst natural disasters to hit the island, there is another crisis hurting our fellow Americans on the island: the territory’s debt crisis. Congress urgently needs to provide disaster relief and seriously review Puerto Rico’s current debt situation—which is being worsened by predatory practices from hedge funds and private companies taking advantage of an island still trying to rebuild,” said Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03). “I believe it is time for Congress to hold the Financial Management and Oversight Board accountable and address Puerto Rico’s ballooning debt before it’s too late.

Congressman Steven Horsford issued the following statement:

“I firmly support increasing aid to Puerto Rico, and I’ve called on the Trump Administration to release already appropriated funds to help the island. House Democrats have also called for additional relief funds. The Natural Resources Committee, on which I sit, has jurisdiction over Puerto Rico and has committed to look into this issue. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on the committee to ensure the people of Puerto Rico receive the resources they need.”

Until Puerto Rican families are unburdened from the illegal debt, they won’t have the chance for a Just Recovery from Maria and from years of austerity.

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March 1, 2019

2020 Presidential Candidate Julian Castro Holds a Roundtable with Members of Make the Road Nevada

LAS VEGAS, NV Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) welcomed Julian Castro, presidential candidate for 2020, former mayor of San Antonio and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Castro spoke about his priorities if elected as President of the United States.

“I believe we need leadership that says, everybody counts in the United States… I am going to work so everyone has paid sick leave because I believe that it is important for our families, in the end our businesses are going to be stronger if your employees are able to take paid sick leave, so they can take care of themselves and be healthy when they are in the job”- Julian Castro

These remarks were made to members from Make the Road Nevada at the roundtable. Members also asked Castro key questions regarding the controversial program 287(g), education, earned paid sick days and resources for the Puerto Ricans that arrived in Nevada after Hurricane Maria.

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TRUMP’S FABRICATION OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY ATTACKS OUR DEMOCRACY

 Las Vegas, NVToday, President Trump has declared a state of national emergency shortly after signing a bill that includes billions of dollars in funding border militarization. Trump declaring a national emergency is a threat to our country’s democracy, and a desperate attempt to receive money for his racist border wall.

Leo Murrieta, Director of Make the Road Nevada, issued the following statement:

“Once again President Trump has forgotten about the real issues that our country faces, his decision to declare a national state of emergency in order to take tax payers’ money for a border wall is an abuse of power. Trump’s blatant disregard for the very foundational pillars of our constitution just so he can attack immigrants and asylum-seekers is inexcusable. Congress should use their power to put an end to this recklessness.

Democrats in Congress handed the President increased funding for immigrant detention, border militarization, and played right into his plans to terrorize immigrant communities. If it were their families in danger or facing the kinds of threats, they just agreed to, maybe Congressional Democrats would have thought twice and fought harder to protect the American public from this President’s tirades. They must act now, stand up to this tyrannical President and block his actions swiftly.”

Additionally, the bill that was signed increases detention beds, militarizes our border, and does not block the administration from moving money from other important programs. Our immigrant families will continue to get attacked. We are counting on Congress to reject Trump’s declaration and stand up for all the people of America.”

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TRUMP CONTINUES WITH HIS RHETORICAL ATTACKS AGAINST IMMIGRANTS

 Las Vegas, NV – The community in Las Vegas, Nevada gathered at the Make the Road offices to watch President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union speech. During his almost 90-minute address, Trump once again continued his attack on immigrant families and claimed that undocumented people are responsible for “reduced…jobs, lower wages, overburdened schools, hospitals that are so crowded you can’t get in, increased crime, and a depleted social safety net.” It is difficult to take Trump’s call for unity seriously after elevating these rhetorical attacks against immigrants.

Leo Murrieta, Director of Make the Road Nevada

“Watching this speech, I was reminded of the importance of our work. Make the Road is rooted in the knowledge that everyone, no matter where they were born, should be treated with dignity and respect. In his address, President Trump said that he believes in the importance of immigration reform, but then he used terrible, isolated incidents to paint immigrants as crazed, violent criminals saying, “Year after year, countless Americans are murdered by criminal illegal aliens.” According to the facts, undocumented immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes, violent or otherwise, but we know that facts don’t carry much weight with this administration. We urge Congress to hold this administration accountable and defund his hateful agenda.”

Adam Berger, member leader at Make the Road Nevada

“President Trump has had years to bring this country together, but instead he has chosen to divide the country across every single line. If Trump wants to convince the country that he actually cares about unity, then he can start by no longer using government workers as political pawns, reuniting the immigrant families that his administration has ripped apart at the border, and stopping his use of political wedge issues like telling women they can’t make their own health decisions.”

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Make The Road Nevada Unveils their 2019 Economic Justice Agenda

Las Vegas, NV – Over the weekend, Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) celebrated their one year anniversary. Since day one, they have focused on building power in the Latinx community. In their one year celebration, the organization not only highlighted their first year’s victories together with DREAMers, Route 91 survivors and Puerto Ricans in the community, they also mentioned their priorities in the upcoming legislative session.

“We will be fighting for earned paid sick days, because our families are important and when our kids or other spouse get sick we need to be able to take time off. Other important issues are, increasing the minimum wage, updating the state’s DMV systems to transfer  drivers’ licenses from U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico, affordable housing and tenant rights, and providing professional occupational licensing regardless of legal status”, said Leo Murrieta, executive director with MRNV.

Members of Nevada’s Congressional delegation as well as state and local officials also made an appearance at MRNV’s celebration where there was more than 300 attendees, offering supportive statements on issues like paid sick days and others that concern families in Nevada. Congressman Steven Horsford mention that families should consider their health and their children’s health as a priority and that earned paid sick days will allow this for families. Congresswoman Dina Titus was also present and gave thanks to Make the Road for helping the community on issues that concern them specially under the current administration.

MRNV  is part of a larger family of Make the Road organizations on the east coast. Today, these organizations are at the front lines of the resistance to anti-immigrant federal attacks, and local and state efforts to raise wages, defend immigrant rights, and advance racial justice policies.


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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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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.”

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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)

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