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June 18, 2020 – Supreme Court Announces DACA Decision

For Immediate Release: June 18, 2020

Dream Big Nevada will be joined by La Casa del Immigrante for press availability starting at 9:00am at our joint offices at 2900 Stewart Ave, Las Vegas NV 89101.

Las Vegas, NV – The Supreme Court has announced a decision on Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, known as the DACA court case, ruling that applications for the DACA program will reopen and DREAMers will be able to apply for the program.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was implemented by President Barack Obama in 2013, and allowed certain young individuals who graduated high school, showed good moral character and fulfilled other qualifications to apply for work permits valid for up to 2 years and could be renewed before expiration. On September 5, 2017, President Donald Trump ended DACA through executive order, a decision that was swiftly met with legal action.

“Dream Big Nevada applauds the Supreme Court’s decision to allow DREAMers the opportunity to follow their dreams and continue contributing to communities we call home. We are excited to continue working hard with La Casa del Inmigrante and help DREAMers apply for DACA,” said Astrid Silva, Executive Director of Dream Big Nevada.

This news is met with great celebration by DACA recipients and DREAMers across Nevada.

“Now I will be able to complete my doctorate program and become the first Latina to receive a PhD in engineering from UNLV” said DREAMer, Maria Ramos Gonzalez.

While the Court’s decision comes as a relief for over 14,000 current DACA recipients and thousands of other DREAMers who were previously blocked from applying for DACA, there are still many unknowns about the federal government’s next steps.

“While we wait to dissect the complete decision which includes who is eligible to apply for DACA, we encourage DREAMers not to get ahead of themselves,” said Jocelyn Cortez, a Las Vegas immigration attorney and Dream Big Nevada board member. “The new application is still not available. Be careful of fraudulent organizations promising immediate relief, and only work with trusted organizations or an AILA accredited lawyer.”

“We want to thank Norma and the ten other brave DACA recipients who took legal action to bring this case to the Supreme Court. It is because of their persistence that many immigrants, like myself, are celebrating today and can now live with a little less fear for their future.” continued Silva.

DREAM Big Nevada was established in 2017 to provide assistance to Nevada’s immigrant families through direct services and by empowering community members to advocate for themselves and others in similar situations.

May 6, 2020 – SENATOR HARRY REID JOINS DREAMERS 2020

For Immediate Release: May 6, 2020

Las Vegas, NV – Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released a video as part of Dream Big Nevada’s DREAMers 2020 campaign today expressing his continued support for DREAMers and encouraging the 14,265 Nevada DREAMers to renew their DACAs

Reid joins a long list of community leaders and elected officials who have also produced similar videos expressing their support, including Governor Steve Sisolak, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Senator Jacky Rosen, Rep. Susie Lee and Rep. Steven Horsford as part of Dream Big’s DREAMers 2020 campaign.

“The Supreme Court is weighing this as we speak and will be rendering a decision anytime now that will have long-term impact on DACA recipients,” said former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, from his home in Henderson, Nevada.

“DREAMers 2020 is our campaign to make sure DREAMers are at the forefront of the 2020 political conversation. We can’t vote, but we are an essential part of this community. With the upcoming Supreme Court decision, DREAMers have a lot at stake in the 2020 election,” said DREAM Big Nevada’s Executive Director, Astrid Silva.

Along with the DACA videos, DREAM Big Nevada has released information about resources available to the undocumented community during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include resources ranging from food pantries to financial assistance and small business loans. 

“People are turning to us to provide them with accurate information, and we’re happy to be able to do our part to make sure our community is able to get the help they need during these difficult times,” continued Silva.

For access to the full collection of DACA videos visit dreambignv.org/daca.

LIST: 

Governor Steve Sisolak

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Senator Jacky Rosen 

Congresswoman Dina Titus

Congresswoman Susie Lee

Congressman Steven Horsford

NSHE Chancellor Thom Reilly

Nevada State President Bart Patterson

College of Southern Nevada President Federico Zaragoza

Latin Chamber of Commerce President Peter Guzman

State Senator Chris Brooks

State Senator Yvanna Cancela

Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel 

Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui

Councilwoman Olivia Diaz

DREAM Big Nevada was established in 2017 to provide assistance to Nevada’s immigrant families through direct services and by empowering community members to advocate for themselves and others in similar situations.

October 23, 2019 – LVMPD NO LONGER HONORING FEDERAL IMMIGRATION DETAINERS FOR CIVIL IMMIGRATION VIOLATIONS

For Immediate Release: October 23, 2019

Las Vegas, NV – Today, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) under the leadership of Sheriff Joseph Lombardo released a statement declaring that the largest police department in Southern Nevada will no longer honor federal immigration detainers for civil immigration violations. This change in LVMPD’s policy was prompted by a Central District for California court decision which ruled these detainers are prohibited unless explicitly allowed in state law, and puts an end to the Memorandum of Understanding between LVMPD and Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) known as the 287(g) Agreement. 

“Dream Big Nevada applauds today’s announcement as it is a step in the right direction towards fostering a safe community, which includes immigrant families,” said Jocelyn Cortez, DREAM Big Nevada board member and local immigration attorney. “It is a temporary solution, however, and we look forward to continuing to work with community stakeholders and Sheriff Lombardo to find a full resolution that protects the rights and safety of all.”

“We are thankful to Sheriff Lombardo for being the first Sheriff in Nevada to put an end to 287(g) agreements,” said Astrid Silva, Executive Director of DREAM Big Nevada. “We urge Henderson Chief of Police Thedrick Andres and North Las Vegas Chief of Police Pamela Ojeda to follow Sheriff Lombardo’s leadership on this issue and end their department’s 287(g) agreements as well.”

According to the American Immigration Council, the 287(g) program is named for Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and became law as part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRAIRA). Through the 287(g) program, state and local police officers have collaborated with the federal government to enforce federal immigration laws. In the past, the 287(g) program has been costly for localities, has not focused on serious criminals, and has harmed the relationship between police and local communities. Follow this link for an overview of how the 287(g) program works, and the many problems associated with it. 

DREAM Big Nevada was established in 2017 to provide assistance to Nevada’s immigrant families through direct services and by empowering community members to advocate for themselves and others in similar situations.

September 4, 2019 – DREAM BIG NEVADA WELCOMES DULCE VALENCIA AS THEIR FIRST DEPUTY DIRECTOR

For Immediate Release: September 4, 2019

Las Vegas, NV – DREAMer Dulce Valencia joins DREAM Big Nevada as their Deputy Director to lead community outreach efforts, volunteer programs, and assist in expanding their local, state and federal immigration policy work.

Valencia was born in Mexico and came to Nevada when she was 12 years old as an undocumented immigrant. After not qualifying for DACA in 2012, she joined the immigrant rights movement in Las Vegas and began advocating for immigrant rights with various organizations throughout the state. She received her work permit through a U-Visa program in 2015, and is currently on her path to citizenship. Valencia has led non-partisan voter registration and get out the vote efforts with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, worked for Assemblyman Howard Watts III during the 80th Session of the Nevada State Legislature, and most recently was the New York State Immigration Fellow with FWD.us. Valencia currently attends UNLV as a Theater Studies major, and over the summer watched 17 plays on and off Broadway a personal best for the young thespian.

“I am overjoyed to join DREAM Big Nevada and continue advocating for immigrants in this exciting new role. I look forward to using my skills as an actor and organizer to raise the stories and voices of our vibrant immigrant community,” said Dulce Valencia.

“Dulce has always been a shining light in our Nevada immigrant community,” said Astrid Silva, DREAM Big Nevada Executive Director. “Having her on our team is not only a pleasure, but an amazing resource for our community as we work together to increase their representation in the places that truly matter.”

Valencia officially started on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019.

June 14, 2019 – DREAM BIG NEVADA OPENS OFFICE AT RAFAEL RIVERA COMMUNITY

For Immediate Release: June 14, 2019

Senator Harry Reid, Senator Jacky Rosen and Congressman Steven Horsford joined ribbon cutting celebration

Las Vegas, NV – Today, DREAM Big Nevada celebrated their office grand opening with Senator Harry Reid, Congressman Steven Horsford, DREAMer Moms and other community members.

The office located at the Rafael River Community Center on Stewart Ave will provide a space where DREAMers and immigrant families can stop by to ask questions, volunteer to help other families, and learn about various topics ranging from citizenship to DACA to DUIs through our workshops.

“In my 34 years in Washington, there is no more valuable lesson I learned than the strength and power of immigrants, which is why I fought hard to fix our broken immigration system.” said Harry Reid, Nevada Senator and former Senate Majority Leader. “I had the privilege of learning from heroes like Astrid Silva who came to this nation as a little girl and has emerged as a powerful leader. DREAM Big Nevada is another example of Astrid’s tireless work to ensure that DREAMers and their families can fully contribute to the U.S. without living in fear of being torn from their loved ones.”

“Immigrants are teachers, they are small business owners, they are police officers, first responders, and members of the military. They are our neighbors, our friends, our family members, and they deserve our support.” said Jacky Rosen, United States Senator for Nevada. “I am so thankful for groups like Dream Big Nevada and the work that they do for civil rights and immigrant rights. We need to fix our broken immigration system, and that begins with an immediate vote in the Senate to pass the Dream Act. Dreamers and TPS recipients have made a life here, and they are here to stay.”

“Senator Reid taught me to Dream Big.” said Astrid Silva, founder of DREAM Big Nevada. “Today, opening the doors to the DREAM Big Nevada office allows our community to have a safe space to seek guidance just like I once sought it from my Abuelito Harry.”

To see photos of the event visit DREAMBigNV.org/Events.

DREAM Big Nevada was established in 2017 to provide assistance to Nevada’s immigrant families through direct services and by empowering community members to advocate for themselves and others in similar situations.

July 12, 2018 – DBN PARTNERS WITH MEXICAN SUPERSTARS TO HIGHLIGHT DREAMER STORIES | DBN TRABAJA CON SUPERESTRELLAS MEXICANAS PARA RESALTAR LAS HISTORIAS DE DREAMERS

For Immediate Release: July 12, 2018

Los Tigres del Norte and Alejandro Fernández to invite undocumented youth to #RompiendoFronteras Tour 

Las Vegas, NV – Today, DREAM Big Nevada announced a collaboration with Los Tigres del Norte and Alejandro Fernández to elevate the stories of DREAMers around the country during their national tour.   

“DREAMers have made an incredible impact on the policy and politics of this country. Our organization, DREAM Big Nevada is working with Los Tigres del Norte, Alejandro Fernandez and CMN on a project in several cities across the country to uplift DREAMer stories and our movement,” said Astrid Silva, founder of DREAM Big Nevada. “Los Tigres del Norte and Alejandro Fernández want to invite DREAMers to attend their #RompiendoFronteras concert tour. We want to invite every DREAMer who would like to participate to sign up because space is limited.”

To sign up please go to the DREAMBigNV.org tab #RompiendoFronteras, space is extremely limited so we encourage people to sign up as soon as possible. 

DREAM Big Nevada was established in 2017 to provide assistance to Nevada’s immigrant families through direct services and by empowering community members to advocate for themselves and others in similar situations. 


Los Tigres del Norte y Alejandro Fernández invitarán a jóvenes indocumentados a su gira #RompiendoFronteras

Las Vegas, NV – Hoy, DREAM Big Nevada anunció una colaboración con Los Tigres del Norte y Alejandro Fernández para resaltar las historias de DREAMers alrededor del país durante su gira nacional. 

“Los DREAMers han tenido un impacto increíble en la política de este país. Nuestra organización, DREAM Big Nevada, está trabajando con Los Tigres del Norte, Alejandro Fernández y CMN en un proyecto en varias ciudades del país para resaltar las historias de DREAMers y nuestro movimiento,” dijo Astrid Silva, fundadora de DREAM Big Nevada. “Los Tigres del Norte y Alejandro Fernández quieren invitarlos a USTEDES, DREAMers, a participar en su gira de conciertos #RompiendoFronteras. Queremos invitar a todos los DREAMers que desean participar y obtener más información a inscribirse porque el espacio es limitado.”

Para inscribirse por favor vaya a DREAMBigNV.org en la sección #RompiendoFronteras, el espacio es limitado y deseamos que se inscriban lo más pronto posible.  

DREAM Big Nevada fue establecido en 2017 para proveer asistencia a las familias inmigrantes a través de servicios directos y al apoderar a miembros de la comunidad a abogar por ellos mismos y por otros en situaciones similares.