For Immediate Release:

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)

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For Immediate Release:
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

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