RENO, NV – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) hosted a roundtable discussion at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) with University President Brian Sandoval and student Dreamers to discuss her support for the DACA program and the need for comprehensive immigration reform, including the DREAM Act.
“Nevada’s Dreamers are a crucial part of our community. Today, I was proud to hold a roundtable discussion at the University of Nevada, Reno, with some of our state’s student Dreamers to discuss the challenges they’re facing and how we can help,” said Senator Rosen. “It is clear that Dreamers need legal protections, and Congress must act immediately. We must urgently pass immigration reform legislation through any means possible to provide our Dreamers with the stability needed to continue living, working, learning, and contributing to our state.”
“Our University’s support for our DACA students and their families remains firm,” said University of Nevada, Reno President Brian Sandoval. “I’m proud to have Senator Rosen come to UNR today to speak with our DACA students, and I applaud her commitment to protecting this community and passing comprehensive immigration reform, including the DREAM Act. The success of our DACA students has long been a point of pride for UNR, and we must take steps to ensure they are supported.”
“The recent judicial ruling halting the DACA program creates uncertainty and fear for myself and countless other Dreamers,” said Arturo Macias Franco, a student Dreamer at the University of Nevada, Reno. “Today’s discussion highlighted the challenges that students face now that DACA is up in the air. I am grateful to have Nevada leaders like Senator Rosen and other elected officials, who remain committed to fighting for lasting and permanent protections for Dreamers like me.”
BACKGROUND: Senator Rosen is a co-sponsor of the U.S. Citizenship Act, comprehensive immigration reform legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients; address the root causes of migration; and improve our nation’s security.
Senator Rosen is also a co-sponsor of the National Office of New Americans Act (S. 291), legislation that would establish a new office to help ensure a welcoming and inclusive immigration system by promoting and supporting immigrant and refugee integration into, and inclusion in, the social, cultural, economic, and civic life of the United States, including by coordinating federal, state, and local efforts. This legislation will help provide the support and resources immigrants and refugees need to thrive in the United States fully.
Senator Rosen also co-sponsored the Protect Dreamer Confidentiality Act (S. 846), legislation to safeguard the private information—such as addresses and telephone numbers—of young immigrants protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also known as Dreamers. This legislation would protect Dreamers to ensure that they are not targeted for deportation by protecting DACA application information from being disclosed to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) for any purpose other than implementing DACA.