LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Elected officials in Nevada and political organizations are weighing in on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that protects the eight-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, also known as DACA.
A press conference with the with immigration advocates and supporters of DACA took place at 1:30 p.m. Watch below:
Below is a roundup of responses to the ruling from Nevada's elected officials and local leadership.
In a tweet moments after the ruling, Gov. Steve Sisolak wrote:
DREAMers are Nevadans. They’re our neighbors, teachers & friends. They deserve to live and work in our state & country without the constant fear of deportation, and I’m thrilled and grateful that #SCOTUS agrees. DACA is the law! #HomeIsHere
Rep. Dina Titus emailed the following statement to the media:
"Donald Trump’s decision to terminate DACA was always evil at its core,” said Congresswoman Titus (NV-1). “Now we know that it was also illegal. This is a major victory for the 14,000 DREAMers in Nevada. I’ll continue to fight to pass the Dream and Promise Act to secure their place in the only country they have ever known.”
Rep. Steven Horsford tweeted:
Today, the Supreme Court has declared that #HOMEISHERE for the 13,100 Dreamers who live and work legally in Nevada. These are our neighbors, our friends, our community leaders and they deserve to know that they will NOT be forced to leave the only home they’ve EVER known.
Rep. Susie Lee tweeted:
For the highest court in our land to recognize #Dreamers' inalienable right to contribute to the country they love without fear of detention or deportation, is what being American is all about. Now it’s time for the Senate to pass the #DreamandPromiseAct so it’s set in stone.
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto emailed the following statement:
“DACA empowered undocumented youth to come out of the shadows and contribute to our communities in immeasurable ways – from serving in our military to being on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Today’s ruling allows Dreamers to continue giving back to the only country they call home, but a sense of uncertainty still hangs over them. Congress must provide permanent relief for Dreamers and finally give them the opportunity to become full citizens of this country.”
Sen. Jacky Rosen released the following statement in a series of tweets:
"Today the U.S. Supreme Court took a significant step toward validating the right of Dreamers to continue to live, work, learn, and contribute to their communities right here in the United States, their home.
While I am pleased to see the Court conclude that the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate DACA was arbitrary and capricious, we need to continue fighting for a permanent solution for our nation’s Dreamers.
And while we celebrate this victory, we must recommit ourselves to the continued pursuit of legislation that offers a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and other undocumented youth.
Now more than ever, I urge my colleagues in Congress to protect Dreamers and work towards passing legislation like the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform once and for all.
I will continue working in Congress to ensure that Dreamers are treated with the respect, dignity, and the fairness they deserve."
So far we have not heard from Rep. Mark Amodei, but check back for updates.