Mi Familia Vota Education Fund Mobilizes Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday August 23

For Immediate Release

August 21, 2014

Contact: Ebeth Palafox, ebethp@mifamiliavota.org, (702) 465-2863

Twitter: #Register4Immigration

National Latino, Immigrant, Progressive Groups Launch Voter Outreach Campaigns

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund mobilizes Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday

 9:30am at the Mi Familia Vota office. 

2365A Renaissance Drive

Las Vegas, NV 89119

Las Vegas, Nevada-- The national march to the November 4, 2014 polls by Latino and immigrant voters begins in Nevada on Saturday with door-to-door canvassing and voter registration.  The weekend canvassing in our Las Vegas neighborhoods follows the official launch of the multi-state voter mobilization campaign held today in Denver, CO, one of the most competitive electoral states in this November’s election.

In Denver, groups kicked off of the Colorado Immigration Voter Accountability Project, a campaign designed to mobilize tens of thousands of Latino and Asian American voters in that state this year.

Nationally, Latino voter advocacy groups, including Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, (MFVEF) expect to register at least 300,000 Latino voters. They also will help bring to the 2014 November Election a total 7.8 million Latino voters, up from 6.6 million Latino voters in the last mid-term election in 2010, according to projections by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).

Across the U.S., the message is clear: voters must hold the Republicans accountable for obstructing immigration reform. The GOP-led House is particularly at fault for directly rejecting commonsense immigration reform, and instead adopting the “deportation only” agenda of nativists in the House. By contrast, a bipartisan immigration reform bill passed the Senate by a solid majority in June, 2013.

“This weekend’s voter canvassing in key Latino voter states is the earliest start for any recent election year,” said Leo Murrieta, National Field Director for Mi Familia Vota. “The Latino vote has grown in every mid-term and presidential election year since the turn of the Century, resulting in historic gains. That is why year-round, civic engagement is important to the Latino community, and why 2014 is a building block toward another historic Latino voter turnout in 2016. Our time is now,” Murrieta added.

Besides MFVEF, the Latino civic engagement campaign includes Center for Community Change Action, League of United Latin American Citizens, Fair Immigration Reform Movement, National Council of La Raza Action Fund and Voto Latino. The national campaign will team up with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in coming days and weeks.

Volunteers are invited to join MFV this Saturday for our civic engagement event at 9:30AM at our Mi Familia Vota office. Follow the action on Twitter using the hashtag #Register4Immigration and #TimeIsNow.

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Event Alert: Citizenship Workshop in Las Vegas

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Event Alert: Free Citizenship Workshop July 30-31

Join us at the end of the month for a workshop that will help you be well on your way to a path to citizenship. 

- Among the assistance that will be provided include: 
- Application assistance
- Packing materials to mail your application
- Application review by an immigration attorney 
- Step-by-step review of the naturalization process 

The workshop will be available for two days at the Ramirez Group in Reno. And the best part? It is completely FREE! 

Just be sure to book an appointment. 

More details here: 

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Acompañanos a fines de este mes para un taller que te ayudará con tu camino a la cuidadanía. 

Entre la asistencia que se proporcionará incluye:

- Ayuda con tu solicitud
- Empaquetado de los materiales para enviar tu solicitud 
- Revisión de tu solicitud por un abogado de inmigración 
- Revisión paso a paso del proceso de naturalización 

El taller de llevará acabo por dos días en el Ramirez Group en Reno. ¿Y lo mejor de todo? ¡Es totalmente GRATIS! 

Sólo asegúrate de hacer una cita. 

Más detalles aquí:

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Mi Familia Vota Applauds Clark County Sheriff for Halting Most Immigration “Holds” from ICE

For Immediate Release

July 16, 2014

Contact: Lizette Escobedo, lizettee@mifamiliavota.org

 

Mi Familia Vota Applauds Clark County Sheriff for Halting Most Immigration “Holds” from ICE

 

LAS VEGAS – Mi Familia Vota (MFV) hails the announcement this week by Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie to stop most immigration detainer requested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The immigration detainers by ICE are increasingly being questioned by local law enforcement agencies across the U.S. because detainees have been held for days or weeks at a time and declared unconstitutional by immigrants rights advocates.

The following is a statement from Ebeth Palafox, Nevada State Director:

“Sheriff Gillespie has made the right decision on behalf of the Latino and immigrant community in Las Vegas. The ICE detainer policy was put in place for political reasons, but they only undermined public safety and community policing efforts, because they made victims of crime and witness afraid to interact with local law enforcement.

“The sheriff has rightly decided that the Clark County Sheriff’s office first priority is the safety of Clark County residents, and not immigration enforcement that is a federal responsibility.

“MFV looks to Congress to do its job and reform the current immigration system so that the federal government updates its policies, protects the rights of immigrants and allows local law enforcement agencies to focus on keeping their communities safe.”

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Event Alert: What The Heck, Heck? Rally on July 15

Joe Heck and his colleagues have blocked immigration reform and it's time to hold them accountable. Join us July 15 at his office for a rally that shows him the consequences of inaction. 

When: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 

Time: 3:30 p.m. 

Where: 8872 S. Eastern Ave. (Suite 220) Las Vegas, NV 8912

What the Heck, Heck?

 

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Event: DACA Informative Meeting on July 9

Do you have questions regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, otherwise known as DACA? Do you want to know if you qualify? Or what the requirements are? What if you already are DACAmented, do you want to know what the process is for renewal?

If you, a family member, or friend have one or more of these questions please make sure to come to our DACA Informative Meeting. We will be having a presentation that goes over the process for DACA. We will be answering these and many more questions regarding DACA.

The meeting will be on Wednesday July 9th at the Mi Familia Vota office at 164 Hubbard Way, Ste B Reno, NV 89502, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. It will be presented by the Progressive Alliance Leadership of Nevada (PLAN), Tu Casa Latina, Northern Nevada Latino Alliance, and Mi Familia Vota. If you have any questions, please call 775-824-0929.

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¿Tiene preguntas acerca de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia, también conocida como DACA? ¿Quiere saber si qualifica? ¿O cuáles son los requisitos? Si su solicitud ya sido aprobada, y quiere saber cuál es el proceso de renovación.

Si usted, un familiar, o un amigo tiene una o más de estas preguntas, por favor asegúrese de venir a nuestra Junta Informativo de DACA. Vamos a tener una presentación que se sobre el proceso de la solicitud de DACA. Vamos a contestar estas y muchas más preguntas sobre DACA.

La reunión será el miércoles 09 de julio en la oficina de Mi Familia Vota en 164 Hubbard Way, Ste B Reno, NV 89502, 18:00-19:30. Será presentado por la Alianza Progresiva de Liderazgo de Nevada (PLAN), Tu Casa Latina, el Alianza Latina de el Norte Nevada, y Mi Familia Vota. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llame al 775-824-0929.

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Mi Familia Vota Ed Fund, Immigration Advocates Host Citizenship Workshop in Reno

For Immediate Release

April 21, 2014

Contact: Benjamin Challinor, benc@mifamiliavota.org, (702) 812-1419

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MI FAMILIA VOTA ED FUND AND IMMIGRATION ADVOCATES HOST CITIZENSHIP WORKSHOP IN RENO TO HELP ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS APPLY FOR U.S. CITIZENSHIP

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund promotes citizenship to grow Latino civic participation in NV

WHAT: Mi Familia Vota Ed Fund hosts citizenship workshop in Reno to encourage eligible lawful permanent residents to apply for U.S. citizenship and earn the right to vote this November. There are an estimated 90,000 legal permanent residents in Nevada eligible to naturalize. This is part of MFVEF’s long-term civic engagement campaign that includes building the Latino electorate. The workshops will offer eligible immigrants guidance on the naturalization process, such as application review, consultation with qualified immigration legal experts, and study materials for the naturalization exam. “More than ever, the Latino community is recognizing the importance of participating in the civic affairs of their communities and of holding politicians accountable to their promises to represent everyone in their districts. The greatest way to do that is by becoming a citizen and earning the right to vote. The vote is the great equalizer in our democracy,” said Leo Murietta, Mi Familia Vota Regional Field and Data Management Director.

WHEN: April 26, 2014 -- 9 a.m. - 12:00pm

WHERE: Mi Familia Vota Office

              164 Hubbard Way, Ste. B, Reno NV 89502

WHO: Mi Familia Vota Ed Fund, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, UNR Latino Research Center, UNR Latino Student Advisory Board, PLAN, Tu Casa Latina, Salcido Law, Entravision, Univision Radio, SEIU. 

On Twitter: @MiFamiliaVotaNV #HazteCiudadano

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Mi Familia Vota Ed Fund, Immigration Advocates Host Citizenship Workshop in Las Vegas

For Immediate Release

April 21, 2014

Contact: Rudy Zamora, RudyZ@mifamiliavota.org, 702-724-5386

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

MI FAMILIA VOTA ED FUND AND IMMIGRATION ADVOCATES HOST CITIZENSHIP WORKSHOP IN LAS VEGAS TO HELP ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS APPLY FOR U.S. CITIZENSHIP

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund promotes citizenship to grow Latino civic participation in NV

WHAT: Mi Familia Vota Ed Fund hosts citizenship workshop in Las Vegas to encourage eligible lawful permanent residents to apply for U.S. citizenship and earn the right to vote this November. There are an estimated 90,000 legal permanent residents in Nevada eligible to naturalize. This is part of MFVEF’s long-term civic engagement campaign that includes building the Latino electorate. The workshops will offer eligible immigrants guidance on the naturalization process, such as application review, consultation with qualified immigration legal experts, and study materials for the naturalization exam. “More than ever, the Latino community is recognizing the importance of participating in the civic affairs of their communities and of holding politicians accountable to their promises to represent everyone in their districts. The greatest way to do that is by becoming a citizen and earning the right to vote. The vote is the great equalizer in our democracy,” said Leo Murietta, Mi Familia Vota Regional Field and Data Management Director.

WHEN: April 26, 2014 -- 9 a.m. - 12:00pm

WHERE: Hermandad Mexicana Transnational

2945 W Charleston Blvd Suite 4 Las Vegas, NV 89102

WHO: Mi Familia Vota Ed Fund, Caesars Entertainment, Human Rights Campaign, El Tiempo, Entravision, Univision Radio, AILA, COLAVE, CORE, SEIU, Latin Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo, Hermandad Mexicana, Asian Journal, ADVOCATE, AFL-CIO, NALEO, TEACHFORAMERICA, Community Service of Nevada, DBV

On Twitter: @MiFamiliaVotaNV #HazteCiudadano

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Mi Familia Vota Regional Field Director, Leo Murrieta on Channel 3 'What's Your Point?'

Mi Familia Vota Nevada collected over 19,000 voter registrations state-wide in 2012 and has continued to promote social and economic justice on a local and national level.

On Monday, "What's Your Point?" Channel 3 News talk show host, Jeff Gillan wanted to know if the local Latino community would turn out to vote in the upcoming election. Mi Familia Vota Regional Field Director, Leo Murrieta had some insight. 

Jump in at the 12:17 mark to see the interview and find out all the work Mi Familia Vota Nevada has been doing to make sure Latinos get out to vote. Watch the entire segment here

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Will Sen. Heller Vote YES for the Gang of 8’s Immigration Bipartisan Bill?

After his Sunday Op-ed in the Review-Journal,
 
Will Sen. Heller Vote YES for the Gang of 8’s Immigration Bipartisan Bill?
Nevada families urge the Junior Senator to support S 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act that includes both border enforcement and an earned pathway to citizenship for 11 million
 
In response to Sen. Heller’s Sunday op-ed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal calling for a bipartisan solution to our broken immigration system, Ben Monterroso, the Executive Director of Mi Familia Vota, offers this statement: 
 
“In his Sunday op-ed, Sen. Heller recognizes the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Mi Familia Vota and Latino families across Nevada are encouraged by his remarks and we urge him to follow through and support the Senate bipartisan bill, S 744—The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, which the Senate is expected to take up when they reconvene next week. 
 
“The Senate bipartisan bill is a true compromise—and although it isn’t a perfect bill, it is a giant step forward. Passing this bill would be a huge improvement over the status quo, restoring rationality and sanity to what is currently a dysfunctional immigration system.
 
“We call on Sen. Heller to join the vast majority of Americans—including Gov. Brian Sandoval—who want a solution to our broken immigration system and support S 744, keeping intact an earned pathway to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans living in the United States undocumented.
 
“Voting YES on S 744 would protect American workers, keep families together, and give businesses the tools to compete in a global economy. It can bring hardworking immigrants into the system through a rigorous but fair process that ends in full U.S. citizenship, and the rights and responsibilities that comes with it.  
 
“While Sen. Heller is home this week during the congressional recess, we welcome the chance to work with him and his office to clarify his position. We hope he and his colleagues do the right thing for our families, communities, and country and pass S 744 to finally fix our broken immigration system once and for all.”
 
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