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Between February 28th and March 3rd, Make the Road Nevada visited Washington D.C. to take part in two rallies and to speak with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s and Representative Steven Horsford’s teams on immigration reform. Five MRNV members joined Rico Ocampo (Immigrant Justice Organizer), Itzel Hernandez (Health Equity Organizer), and Crystal Lugo (Digital Organizer) on the four-day trip, which began with the State of Our Lives rally on Monday. 

Hundreds united outside the White House on the eve of President Biden’s State of the Union Address, demanding Biden to keep his pre-presidential promises on immigration reform. Speakers across various organizations expressed their frustrations with the unkept promises—all feeling collectively cheated and disillusioned by the president.  The attendees urged the 46th president to grant citizenship to the 11 million undocumented people in the United States, and also demanded him to deliver solutions on healthcare and climate matters.

 

“Biden, shine light on those who have been forced into the shadows; shine light on our people and give us a permanent solution: citizenship,” shared MRNV member leader, Areli. 

“Biden, act on what we put you in office for,” shared Northern Nevada MRNV member leader, Edurne. 

On Wednesday, March 2nd, MRNV staff and members met with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s team to discuss her stance on immigration reform and ask for her support. MRNV members, Jose, Ben, and Amparo shared their stories with the senator’s team for the first time. MRNV member and Nevada teacher, Ben joined MRNV in alliance after witnessing his undocumented students struggle internally and externally due to their undocumented status. 

“School is already stressful enough,” shared Ben with the senator’s team. “Being undocumented in this country adds unnecessary stress onto them.” 

MRNV member leader and DACA recipient, Jose shared his story with Cortez Masto’s team and explained his disappointment over not feeling fully accepted by the only country he has ever called home. 

“I’m tired of living a temporary life,” said Jose. “I’m not asking for a handout—all I’m asking for is a pathway to citizenship.” 

MRNV member, Amparo shared her story about being an undocumented mother of three, circled by limitations and little-to-no support from the United States due to her status. 

“I’m here in front of you expressing my stress,” shared Amparo. “I’m asking you to listen to us and put your hand on your hearts—be in community with us.”

On March 3rd, MRNV joined organizations outside the ICE building for the Communities Not Cages rally. The attendees chanted for change—calling Biden out on his adoption of Trump-era anti-immigration policies and demanding for ICE and CBP to be defunded, for detention centers to be shut down, for people to be freed, and for deportations to be stopped. 

MRNV safely returned to Nevada on Thursday night, bringing back new experiences and a stronger fight with them. Thank you for visiting, team! 

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Thank you, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s staff and Representative Steven Horsford’s staff, for speaking to our Nevada members and centering their voices.

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Make the Road Nevada staff and members visited Washington D.C. Dec. 6 through Dec. 8 to attend the We Can’t-Wait march, press conferences, and meet with Nevada Senators—all to demand the Senate to include a pathway to citizenship in the Build Back Better Act. 

Rico Ocampo, our Immigrant Justice Organizer, and Crystal Lugo, our digital organizer, along with Make the Road members Areli Sanchez, an undocumented member, and Edurne Gonzalez, a DACAmented Reno-based member joined Make the Road States and other immigrant advocacy groups on Tuesday’s march. 

The march, which began at Union Station, called for a pathway to citizenship, good care jobs, access to childcare and universal preschool education, paid family leave, green infrastructure, healthcare for all, and affordable housing. Along with thousands, our Nevada family chanted all the way down to Taft Memorial Park, an area next to the United States Capitol. 

Two press conferences were held at Taft Memorial; the first press conference featured many of those directly impacted; they shared their stories and frustrations in front of thousands. Congresspeople like Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congressman Lou Correa, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley spoke. 

 

At the second press conference, new voices joined to support citizenship in the BBB, including United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, United States Representative Chuy García, and other House Democrats. 

Our very own Areli Sanchez was introduced by Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus; Sanchez shared her story and asked those in power to deliver a pathway to citizenship this holiday season. We are so proud of your outstanding braveness, Areli! 

On Dec. 8, Ocampo, Lugo, Gonzalez, and Sanchez met with Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto’s staff and directly with Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen to discuss immigration and for members to share their stories. 

“I’m tired of fighting for my family and my community and only getting breadcrumbs,” said Gonzalez to Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto’s staff. “Effort is not enough—effort alone did not earn me my degree.” Gonzalez is the head of the household and holds a master’s degree in biotechnology from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Gonzalez also highlighted the need to help all undocumented—not just youth—and support undocumented Latinx women in STEM. Thank you for sharing your story with our Nevada Senators and Make the Road Nevada, Edurne. We admire you immensely. 

The team handed our members’ letters, which were penned during a member meeting, to Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto’s and Senator Jacky Rosen’s staff, respectively. The letters were written by Argentinian, Columbian, Mexican, and Chinese immigrants urging the Senators to deliver a pathway to citizenship. 

Thank you, Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto’s staff and Senator Jacky Rosen, for speaking to our Nevada members and centering their voices. 

 

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