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Nevada officials applaud decisions on DACA, TPS

By: - December 9, 2020 2:55 pm
DACA rally DC

DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

DACA rally DC
DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Temporary Protection Status benefits, which were scheduled to expire in January, have been extended until October 2021, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday.

The move would protect people from El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, Nepal, Sudan and Nicaragua who are living and working in the United States. An estimated 6,300 people from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti under the TPS program live in Nevada, according to a report by the Center for American Progress. 

Immigrant groups, both nationally and locally, have condemned various attempts and court decisions attempting to phase out the program, which they say would result in families being separated.

Tuesday’s announcement followed a federal ruling Friday ordering the Trump Administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which began under President Obama. The current administration tried to eliminate the program and limit some of its benefits. 

The Center for American Progress estimated Nevada has 12,280 DACA recipients based on data from the 2017 American Community Survey.

“We know that this is not a permanent solution, but the extension of protections for DACA and TPS beneficiaries are welcomed news and we join the immigrant community in celebrating these wins,” Charina de Asis, Director of the Office for New Americans, said in a statement. “The immigrant and refugee community has been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and now there is one less thing for them to worry about while they focus on keeping their families safe.”

Gov. Steve Sisolak also applauded the news and called for more action to be taken.

“There is still much work to be done and I continue to urge Congress to finally pass permanent protections for these integral members of our communities – not only is it the smart thing to do, it’s the right thing to do,” he said in a statement.

On Twitter, U.S. Rep. Dina Titus also wrote “we must pass the #DREAMandPromise Act to provide a pathway to citizenship” following Tuesday’s news.

President-elect Joe Biden has promised to reverse many immigration policies implemented by the Trump Administration and expand protections for DACA recipients. 

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Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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