Yesterday, Attorney General Laxalt announced that he will be joining the lawsuit against President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. The President chose Nevada to make his historic announcement, and we should be embracing immigrant families and expanding our economy.

“It is extremely disappointing that Adam Laxalt is lending Nevada’s name to a lawsuit that essentially demands the deportation of young immigrants known as Dreamers and the parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. By asking the court to stop the Obama administration from providing relief to Dreamers and to immigrant parents of US citizens, the states signed on to this lawsuit are, in effect, seeking a return to policies that divide families and drive immigrants into the shadows. Allowing undocumented immigrants a way to come forward will bring benefits to Nevada, will keep families together, and will grow our economy,” said Story. “Nevada is already facing a deficit this legislative session, why Laxalt wants to waste taxpayer money and resources in pursuit of this cruel, and unnecessary lawsuit is bewildering.”

According to the Center for American Progress, “There are 53,000 undocumented immigrants in Nevada who are potentially eligible for deferred action under President Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration. If these immigrants are able to receive a temporary work permit, it would lead to a $21 million increase in tax revenues for Nevada, over five years.”