Immigration ranks among the top issues influencing voters’ decisions in the 2020 presidential election. This issue touches all American lives in one way or another: from how we address the plight of millions of families and children whose lives in the United States are in limbo because of immigration status to how we treat people seeking safety at our shores. Yet, in the numerous debates and discussions the candidates have had thus far, these topics have not received the attention they deserve.
On February 20, 2020, this will change. Partnering with immigrants’ rights groups in Nevada, Amnesty International USA will convene a presidential candidate forum in Las Vegas, just ahead of the Nevada caucus, dedicated to immigration and asylum issues. Nevada is an ideal site for the forum because it is the first primary state with a significant Latinx population and many of its voters are likely to be affected by immigration policy in a new presidential term. The forum will be an opportunity to dig deeper on the many facets of immigration policy with the candidates who seek to be the next president.
We know that there are a number of groups in Nevada who have been doing work around immigration for years, and their input is critical to the success of this event. We are partnering with PLAN and Make the Road Nevada who are two of these groups that have been dedicated to organizing around this issue and working directly with the communities most impacted by immigration policy.
Amnesty International is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, comprising a global support base of millions of individual members, supporters, and activists in more than 150 countries and territories. Amnesty International engages in activism, research, policy advocacy, litigation, and education to demand human rights for all people. A top priority for Amnesty International for the past several years has been advocating for the rights of asylum-seekers, refugees, and migrants.