April 5, 2013
Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met with members of Dream Big Vegas, a local DREAM Act advocacy group, at his Las Vegas office to talk. They spoke about the current progress in immigration reform negotiations and the DREAMers shared real immigration stories from Nevada residents. The meeting was part of the ‘Keeping Families Together’ campaign from the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. The group delivered Easter Baskets full of personal stories from Nevada’s immigrant and undocumented communities to Nevada’s six federal elected officials during Congress’ Easter break.
Among the stories delivered today in the Easter basket was that of a 12 year old Las Vegas resident who said: “Immigration affects me because my parents and older sister aren't from here and I am only 12 and I have a younger brother who is a 1 year old. If our parents and older sister leave, them [sic] me and my brother would then have to go to a foster home and get seperated [sic]. I will miss my mom, dad, sister and my brother. It's not fair for kids... My brother is just a baby does not know what is going on, at all, he's just 1. Nobody would want to get torn apart from their family.”
Reid added: “I will take these stories with me back to Washington DC and share them with my colleagues as we begin the legislative process to pass common sense immigration reform in the Senate,” said Reid. “Stories like these have made this issue a personal one for me. They remind us that we need to look at the broken immigration system with our heads and also with our hearts. This broken system tears families apart every day that passes; it leaves our country vulnerable and it doesn’t address our economy’s needs.”