Nevada is a tourist destination state, with an increasing population of tourist and immigrants that come to Nevada to enjoy everything our state has to offer. With the increased amount of tourists and immigrants who move to Nevada, we need protections in place for this population group. During the 2017 legislative session I introduced Assembly Bill 122, which opens up the Victims of Crime Fund to individuals who live or travel to our state and may become a victim of crime. Victims who are eligible are individuals who experience physical injury, threat of physical injury, or death. Previously, Nevada was one of three states that required a person to be a citizen in order to be eligible for these funds. This bill will make it easier for any victim of crime within the state, obtain those funds so they can get assistance needed.
When a person is in the custody for a minor offense to the city or county jail, those who are immigrants can be detained and sent to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This creates a community that does not feel safe to report crimes to the police. Assembly Bill 376 provides more transparency for when a person is in custody in a city or county jail. The officer must provide the person in custody the purpose of the questions related to immigration and the implications of those questions. Local law enforcement must provide reports to the Nevada Legislature relating to those transported to a federal agency. This will allow the state to review non-violent misdemeanors of those who have been detained by ICE from county to county.