Laxalt refuses to discuss the fate of DREAMers, but agrees with Trump’s deportations.
When asked by The Nevada Independent about what he believes is the “right course of action for DREAMers” as part of a broad story on his positions on issues, Laxalt ignored the question.
Laxalt and Republicans twice brought notorious anti-immigrant zealot Joe Arpaio to Nevada.
Laxalt was set to speak at the September 2017 Conservative Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, where Arpaio was to receive the “Courage Under Fire” Award, but the event was moved to an undisclosed location at the last minute to “prevent a major conflict.” Laxalt’s primary opponent, Dan Schwartz, criticized Laxalt as “alt-right” and said agreeing to appear with Arpaio “shows where Adam stands.”
In February 2018, the Douglas County Republican Party honored Arpaio as the keynote speaker at their Lincoln Day Dinner, to which Laxalt sent a surrogate — like many other Nevada GOP candidates — to avoid appearing in person while still pandering to the Trump-Arpaio wing of the base.
Laxalt challenged Pres. Obama’s executive action on immigration, breaking with Gov. Sandoval and joining a multi-state lawsuit.
Sandoval implied to the Associated Press that he would override Laxalt’s challenge to the Obama order if he could, saying he planned to talk with Laxalt about it “in a few days.”
If the 90,000 undocumented immigrants in Nevada who were eligible for deferred action received a temporary work permit, it could give Nevada a more than $20 million increase in tax revenues over five years.
Laxalt hid from immigrant families who visited Laxalt’s office in 2016 to confront him about the lawsuit. While Laxalt’s staff told the immigrant families he wasn’t in the office, they secretly invited press back up to his office to talk to him after the families left.
#AskLaxalt why he thinks Nevada’s immigrant families aren’t worth fighting for.
Nevada has one of the biggest immigrant populations in the country. About one-third of Nevadans are either first-or second-generation immigrants, and nearly half of Nevada immigrants are U.S. citizens. Immigrants are also a vital part of Nevada’s economy, comprising 40 percent of the state’s all-important hotel and food service industry. Why won’t Laxalt stand up for one of Nevada’s largest communities?