East Las Vegas forum explains to immigrants that some laws don’t matter

Some laws, like federal immigration laws, just don’t matter in Nevada. That was the theme at the East Las Vegas Community Center for an immigration forum.

About 90 mostly Spanish-speaking attendees filed into the center’s gym starting about 9 a.m. and sat on the edges of their chairs, waiting for answers from a panel of politicians and community leaders.

Panelists, including a Mexican Consulate representative, a North Las Vegas city councilman, a Metropolitan Police Department officer, an ACLU of Nevada attorney and a private immigration attorney, fielded questions on the rights of people who are in the country illegally. The event was prompted by President Donald Trump’s recent push for national immigration reform.

The Know Your Rights forum, hosted by the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus, sought to inform immigrants of their rights when confronted by law enforcement and explain how immigration enforcement relates to local law enforcement.

Metro officer Jacinto Rivera reassured the audience that Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson police are not enforcing federal immigration laws.

Hmmm. We missed the part in the U.S. Constitution where the police decide which laws they will and will not enforce.

Read the whole story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal

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