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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Part of our job at Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) is to get other people to support the Las Vegas community on issues that they care about and for them to get to know the hard working families in Nevada.

A couple of weeks ago we had the honor of welcoming Spotify who brought Latin recording artist, Sebastian Yatra to our office. He sat with many of our members in a circle and got the chance to know them. Some of our members shared their experiences of being an undocumented worker of the Route 91 music festival, one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern America. Sebastian Yatra listened to their stories and showed great support. Watch the emotional video below:

Our organizer Bianca, retells her experience with Sebastian and our members:

“Sebastian Yatra came in and brightened up the room with his smile, giving everyone hugs and kisses right away. Our members at Make the Road NV were so happy because a well known young man had entered their safe space, a place that they have started to call their second home. As Sebastian warmed up to everyone and things quickly got very serious and emotional as he asked our members to share their stories not knowing that more than half of the people in the room where survivors from the October 1st Route 91 Music Festival.

He sat with us and listened attentively as they talked about the tragedy. Moving lifeless bodies, being affected by PTSD, and how some are still not able to cry. A member spoke with a knot in her throat trying not let the emotions out, she felt weaker than everyone else because she hasn’t been able to move on and is still having to go to therapy. Sebastian came in with the perfect answer, validating their feelings but also letting them know that one terrible experience should not define them and that there are a hundred other things to smile about. As a special “Thank You” we presented him with our official Make the Road NV tote bag, shirt and hat. Welcoming him as an honorary member of our organization. Sebastian quickly put the shirt on and wore it with pride looking like he was part of the Make the Road familia all along! He then serenaded us with his new song, putting smiles on all our members faces. We invited him to end our meeting like we always do as a strong latinx organization with the unity clap. Right away he was all for it! Almost as if he was the energy of the group!”

After the shooting, victims involved were able to receive medical and mental health services from the state. Because these survivors were undocumented, many of them were being turned away from these important services and some were too scared to ask for assistance for fear of deportation. MRNV was instrumental in helping the undocumented survivors of the Route 91 shooting receive help and were the leading organization in assisting them receive U-visas which are granted to Victims of Criminal Activity.

Make the Road Nevada recently celebrated their one year anniversary and we continue our commitment of fighting for Dignity and Respect of our community in Nevada. Being able to get these survivors a U-Visa’s was one of the many victories we accomplished in this short time. Read more about the “The Forgotten Route 91 are Finally Being Heard” here

Spotify is a music platform that was able to captured these great moments with Yatra and our members of Make the Road NV.
Watch the full video on the Spotify’s Viva Latino playlist here!

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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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CONTACT: info@maketheroadnv.org

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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Paid sick days are important for our community! Can you imagine waking up in the morning to find out your child is sick and can’t go to school? First thing in mind is that you can’t miss work because you won’t get paid, there will be consequences and you can potentially lose your job? This is the fear families in Nevada go through when their children get sick or even themselves. Going to work sick is not ideal for anyone, people should have the right to recover and take care of themselves.

Currently in Nevada there is no law that forces businesses to provide paid sick days to their employees. Only some business in our state have established some days as they understand that When workers aren’t forced to choose between caring for loved ones and work, they are more likely to stay in jobs. They understand that we need common sense workplace reforms that reflect the hard realities facing families.

Here is what you need to know about Paid Sick Days:

  •      According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 49 percent of the workforce cannot earn a single paid sick day to use to recover from common illnesses or seek medical care.
  •      For a typical family in the United States without paid sick days, for example, 3.5 days lost to illness are equivalent to the family’s entire monthly grocery budget
  •      Nevada is home to nearly 500,000 Latino workers, who have disproportionately low access to paid sick days
  •      Paid sick days are good for business. Employee turnover is expensive, on average, one fifth of an employee’s annual salary. Paid sick days result in reduced turnover, which leads to reduced hiring and training costs for businesses.

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Meet Our Dreamer: Argelia Rico

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.

Community Leader
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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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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