Today marks one year since Pres. Trump unilaterally decided to rescind DACA. While attorneys general across the country swiftly responded for or against Trump’s move, Republican attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt has stayed silent for an entire year, taking zero action to protect Nevada’s 13,000 DACA beneficiaries from deportation.
For the attorney general representing a state with one of the largest immigrant populations in the country, Laxalt has been conspicuously absent from the national debate on protecting immigrants and their families from Trump’s deportation machine. Late last year, 20 of Laxalt’s fellow attorneys general signed onto a letter urging Congress to swiftly pass a clean DREAM Act in the wake of Trump’s decision to end the DACA program — but Laxalt stayed silent. Around the same time, Gov. Brian Sandoval joined a bipartisan group of 10 other governors on a letter urging Congress to find a solution to protect 800,000 DACA recipients from deportation.
Laxalt still hasn’t joined nearly half of all attorneys general in lawsuits challenging Trump’s decision to punish immigrants who were brought to the United States as youth. But in 2015, mere weeks after taking office, Laxalt added the State of Nevada to a lawsuit opposing Pres. Obama’s immigration executive action — with the goal of deporting DREAMers and tearing immigrant families apart — without Sandoval’s consent.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokeswoman Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“Instead of stepping up to lead on behalf of thousands of Nevadans, Adam Laxalt has gone into hiding while Trump does everything he can to tear families apart. Laxalt claims he will ‘protect Nevada,’ but evidently that doesn’t include every Nevadan. If there’s one thing Nevadans can count on from Laxalt, it’s that he will step aside and let Trump continue to crush dreams and rip apart families with his cruel and irresponsible immigration policies.”