“In the 2017 session, @MoDenisNV proposed an Office for New Americans to help immigrants adjust to American life. It faced some opposition and died in committee, but @GovSisolak wants to bring the idea back to life. @LuzGrayNV with the details”

Michelle Rindels

Democratic Sen. Mo Denis said that he introduced SB186 in hopes that those who have degrees in other countries are able to apply their skills to the U.S. rather than taking a low-wage job outside their field of expertise. He testified at the time that the bill language did not draw a distinction between documented and undocumented immigrants.

The bill got a hearing in April 2017 but faced criticism that it would help people who are in the country illegally. It died in committee.

Nevada won’t be the first state to have an office for new Americans. New York State announced plans for an office last year with the same name, with a focus on providing legal services to immigrants. Denis said Michigan and California have launched similar centers.

Read the full story at the Nevada Independent.

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