Date: Wednesday April 7th, 2021
Committee: Assembly Government Affairs
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AB 376 – enacting the Keep Nevada Working Act; prohibiting certain state and local agencies from performing certain actions relating to immigration enforcement; prohibiting certain state or local law enforcement agencies, school police units and campus police departments from collecting, using and providing certain information to federal immigration authorities; requiring state or local law enforcement agencies to provide certain disclosures to persons before making inquiries relating to immigration; limiting the circumstances under which a state or local law enforcement agency may permit federal immigration authorities to interview persons who are under state or local custody; prohibiting state or local law enforcement agencies from detaining persons on the basis of a hold request or for the purpose of determining the immigration status of the person; prohibiting state or local law enforcement agencies from contracting for or otherwise using the language services of federal immigration authorities; creating the Keep Nevada Working Task Force and establishing the power and duties of the Task Force.
Explanation Of AB376-
AB 376 has the deceptive name of “Keep Nevada Working Act”, but it has nothing to do with Nevadans working and is all about prohibiting law enforcement from enforcing immigration laws creating Nevada as a Sanctuary State. A state or local law enforcement agency SHALL NOT inquire into or collect information relating to the immigration or citizenship status of a person or the place of birth of the person…and SHALL NOT provide federal immigration authorities with…information. State or local law enforcement, before making an inquiry, “warn the person that any statement made about his or her immigration or citizenship status or place of birth may be shared with federal immigration authorities and possibly used in federal proceeding for deportation or removal of the person,” etc.
State or local law enforcement shall not detain a person solely for determining immigration status unless accompanied by a warrant which is based upon probable cause issued by a federal judge or magistrate because the person has committed a crime. State and local law enforcement SHALL NOT permit a federal immigration authority to interview a person about a noncriminal matter while the person is in custody.
Prohibits any agency to use funds, facilities, property, equipment or personnel to investigate, enforce, cooperate with or assist in the investigation or enforcement of any federal registration or program or any other law, rule or policy that targets people based on ..immigration status or citizenship.
AB376 sets up the “Keep Nevada Working Task Force” within the Office for New Americans (created last session to help illegal immigrants). The Task Force will be made up of illegal alien friendlies including: Immigrant advocacy groups, labor organizations, a legal interest of immigrants, faith based non-profit, an advocacy group which focuses on immigration and criminal justice, and others. The Task Force is to develop strategies with private sector business, labor organizations and immigrant advocacy groups to strengthen industries across the state, strengthen career pathways for illegals, improve the ability of this state to attract and retain immigrant business owners. Your tax dollars at work.
The Preamble of the bill claims that “immigrants” make up 19 percent of the population accounting for one in every four workers. AB376 is in recognition of the significant contributions of immigrants (illegals) to the overall prosperity and strength of this State, creating a compelling interest in ensuring that this State remains a place where the rights and dignity of all residents (including illegal immigrants) are protected.
It says school & campus police “shall not inquire into or collect information concerning the immigration or citizenship status of a person; or place of birth of a person or provide information.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies 62% of households headed by illegal immigrants used one or more welfare programs…and there is a child present in 86% of illegal immigrant households using welfare, and this is the primary way that these household access programs.” (Courtesy of Janine Hansen)