42,000 Nevada immigrants would be protected under House measure

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Researchers have estimated that nationally a total of up to 2.5 million immigrants could be eligible for protection—and eventually citizenship—under the “American Dream and Promise Act of 2019,” which was introduced in the U.S. House March 12.

The bill would provide equal protection and a pathway to citizenship for qualifying “Dreamers” and those covered by the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure programs, including about 42,000 Nevada immigrants.

In a partnership with the University of Southern California Dornsife Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, the Center for American Progress released an interactive map estimating the number of eligible immigrants, as well as their household spending power, and local, state, and federal tax contributions, for each congressional district. The study found that Nevada Dreames and TPS immigrants households contribute over $400 million in taxes and hold over a billion in spending power. 

Nevada’s 1st congressional district, represented by Rep. Dina Titus, has about 13,800 eligible “Dreamers” and 1,800 eligible under TPS, according to the study. The estimated annual economic contributions of households the act would affect are $79,779,000 in federal taxes; $37,144,000 in state and local taxes and a total of $416,226,000 in spending power.

Nevada’s 2nd congressional district, represented by Rep. Mark Amodei, has about 6,900 eligible “Dreamers” and 900 eligible under TPS. The estimated annual economic contributions of households the act would affect are $42,304,000 in federal taxes; $19,026,000 in state and local taxes and a total of $215,642,000 in spending power.

Nevada’s 3rd congressional district, represented by Rep. Susie Lee, has about 5,800 eligible “Dreamers” and 1,200 eligible under TPS. The estimated annual economic contributions of households the act would affect are $54,143,000 in federal taxes; $20,795,000 in state and local taxes and a total of $246,441,000 in spending power.

Nevada’s 4th congressional district, represented by Rep. Steven Horsford, has about 9,500 eligible “Dreamers” and 1,100 eligible under TPS. The estimated annual economic contributions of households the act would affect are $58,261,000 in federal taxes; $25,749,000 in state and local taxes and a total of $294,935,000 in spending power.

“The Trump administration has taken cruel steps to throw the lives of Dreamers, TPS, and DED recipients—deeply embedded, longtime members of our communities—into limbo,” said Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, senior policy analyst of Immigration Policy at CAP. “Congress is long overdue to pass permanent protection for these individuals, and as the Dream and Promise Act moves through Congress, lawmakers should consider the number of eligible residents in their own congressional district and the economic and fiscal contributions that are at stake.”

The American Dream and Promise Act, or H.R. 6, was introduced in Congress March 12. It offers qualifying young people “permanent resident status on a conditional basis” and a path to full lawful permanent residency and eventual citizenship.

Additionally, H.R. 6 provides lawful permanent resident status for eligible individuals from countries designated for TPS or DED as of 2016 and who have been living in the U.S. for at least three years.

The American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 also amends current TPS law to require the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to provide a detailed explanation of a decision to terminate a TPS designation, including a report to Congress three days after publishing a notice of such termination.

Jeniffer Solis
Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.

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