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On behalf of Nevada’s Voice, we’re inviting Nevada candidates to join a DAPA or DACA+ eligible family for dinner.
Last month, Nevada families suffered a tremendous blow by the Supreme Court tie in theUnited States v. Texas lawsuit.The future of48,000 Nevada familieseligible for DAPA are on hold, however the fight continues. Regardless of your position on DAPA and DACA or your political affiliation, we invite you to break bread with some of these families from your state, learn how they were impacted by the Supreme Court decision and see for yourself how they are just like other American families fighting for a better future.
According to Latino Decisions, 63% of Latino voters across the country say they personally know someone who is an undocumented immigrant, and immigration reform is already a critical issue for the 2016 elections. These voters, many of whom have US citizen family members and deep ties to their communities, want to know what each candidate proposes to do with the 11 million undocumented immigrants that currently reside in the United States 138,000 in Nevada and whether they support executive action to protect undocumented immigrants.
America’s Voice and/or our partners have already hosted DAPA Dinners with presidential candidates former Governor Martin O’Malley, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Senator Bernie Sanders as well as Senator Harry Reid, Senator Dick Durbin, Representative Bill Foster, Representative Ruben Gallego and several others. By sitting down with DAPA eligible individuals, you can learn more about their experiences and take the opportunity to lay out your own campaign’s vision and goals on immigration.
On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) policy and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DAPA would protect parents of US Citizen children from deportation and allow them to apply for a work permit. DACA applies to people who came to this country as children (commonly referred to as DREAMers). In Nevada alone,66,000 familieswould benefit from the DAPA and DACA+ programs.However, after a lawsuit (Texas v. US) filed by the Texas governor and 25 other states Nevada among them both DAPA and the expansion of DACA have been blocked. On June 23 the Supreme Court ruled a split decision on the case putting a hold on the future of thousands of families in Nevada.