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Immigrants in Washoe County made up nearly 30% of construction workers and a quarter of manufacturing workers in 2019, according to a new report funded by the Gateways for Growth Challenge, which provides research and support to increase immigrant inclusion.

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Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021.

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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, July 22, 2021.

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This story is part of a series by NPR’s Next Generation Radio program, which explored the theme: What Does It Mean To Be An American?

Nandar Yukyi has embroidered a red ribbon on her white University of Nevada, Reno lab coat below her name. She calls it her “silent scream.”  Yukyi, a Burmese-American earning her Ph.D. in biological anthropology, wears the ribbon to protest the February 1, 2021, military coup in Myanmar. Red is the color of the National League for Democracy of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Red ribbons have been displayed by protestors at their homes, shops and on their clothes.

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Kyle Edgerton is an immigration lawyer in Reno who regularly works with people seeking asylum. Before the pandemic started, immigration court proceedings were delayed across the country due to a large backlog. During the pandemic, those delays have been exacerbated. KUNR’s Tatiana Ramirez spoke to Edgerton to break down some of the challenges he’s been seeing on this front.

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As soon as President Joe Biden stepped foot in the White House, he signed numerous executive orders, including one that calls on Congress to pass the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.

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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.

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Un nuevo estudio se suma a la creciente evidencia de que las ciudades con más inmigrantes indocumentados, no experimentan más crimen debido a ellos.

A new study adds to the growing evidence that cities with more undocumented immigrants don’t see more crime because of them.

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Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

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Eloisa Mendoza, who leads Elko Hispanic Services, is accustomed to steady, slow work days in her office, where she assists Latino immigrant community members with their immigration paperwork and translation services. 

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When it comes to immigration, Americans have a lot of misconceptions about immigrants.  That’s one of the findings from a new national survey released Thursday from Public Agenda, USA Today and Ipsos Hidden Common Ground.

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Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

Ponerse cubrebocas, usar su propio bolígrafo, ceremonias más cortas, entrevistas por video y número limitado de visitantes, son algunos de los nuevos protocolos que deberán seguir quienes necesiten hacer trámites ante el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS) a partir de este 4 de junio.

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Cierres de negocios no esenciales y otras estrictas medidas sanitarias implementadas para enfrentar al COVID-19 han tenido efectos en todas las áreas, incluyendo el sistema migratorio de los Estados Unidos.

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Amaka Ozobia’s parents came to the United States from Nigeria after fleeing the Biafran War, a conflict blamed for about 100,000 military casualties and as many as two million starvation deaths in the late 1960s.

That history — and her family’s own challenges adjusting to American life as immigrants — has formed a career that included working as an asylum officer, serving the children of migrant farmworkers as an Americorps volunteer and becoming an immigration attorney for the refugee-focused Church World Service. Ozobia is now settling in to her latest role on that trajectory — directing Nevada’s Office for New Americans.

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Los padres de Amaka Ozobia llegaron a los Estados Unidos de Nigeria después de vivir la Guerra de Biafra, conflicto que generó 100,000 bajas militares y 2 millones de muertos por hambruna a finales de los 60’s.

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Immigrants make up more than ten percent of the population in our region. And according to a report, that can provide big economic benefits.

Last month, the Trump administration said it would start deporting gravely ill immigrants here temporarily for medical care. This week, it backtracked a little. But 20 Attorneys General sent a letter to the administration saying they’re not satisfied. 

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Community members are reacting to the current conditions at migrant detention centers at the Southern border. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke with some locals who say the time to take a stand is now.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, is preparing raids against undocumented migrants across the country this weekend. This has local residents in the Latinx community scared. KUNR's Stephanie Serrano has more.

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Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is designated by the Department of Homeland Security. It allows people from various countries to live in the U.S. as a temporary “safe haven.” In late 2017, the Trump Administration announced it would terminate the program for four countries; however, in October, a federal judge in California put those plans on hold until there is further review by the courts. KUNR Reporter Karina Gonzalez visited a TPS holder from Nicaragua, whose status was originally set to terminate Saturday.