Nevada Immigration Reform Initiative (2012)

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Nevada Immigration Reform Initiative may appear on the November 2012 statewide ballot in Nevada as an initiated state statute. The proposed measure would authorize police question a person's immigration status if there are any suspicions that they are illegal immigrants.[1]

The initiative emulates an April 23, 2010 approved immigration bill in Arizona. A repeal was filed days following it's approval. It also resembles a proposed initiative in Ohio to reform immigration throughout the state.

In early May 2010 U.S. Senate candidate Chad Christensen and currently Las Vegas assemblyman, said he is currenlty working on a draft for a Nevada Immigration Reform Initiative.[2]

According to Christensen, the proposed initiative will:[1]

  • direct law enforcement to determine the immigration status of a person during a lawful stop or arrest
  • prohibit state from banning "sending, receiving or maintaining information related to a person's immigration status or exchanging it with any other federal, state or local governmental entity for the purposes of determining eligibility."
  • allow legal residents to sue if government policies appear to limit enforcement of federal laws
  • prohibit hiring and picking up day laborers
  • prohibit illegal immigrants without work authorization from applying for a job or soliciting employment
  • make it illegal to transport, harbor or encourage illegal immigrants
  • authorize impoundment or forfeiture of vehicles driven by illegal immigrants or used to transport them
  • prohibit an employer from knowingly employing an unauthorized immigrant


In support of the initiative, sponsor Chad Christensen said,"It's time for the people of Nevada to stand together and let our voices be heard. Illegal immigration is costing the taxpayers in Nevada $700 million a year." Christensen argues that this is not an issue that can be delayed.[1]


Republican voter poll:

  • Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. Mason-Dixon conducted a poll during May 2010, on behalf of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The telephone poll surveyed 500 "likely Republican primary voters." The survey asked voters whether they supported or opposed a Nevada law similar to the "Arizona immigration reform" passed in 2010. According to the poll, 85% were in support, while 8% were opposed and 7% said they were undecided. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.[3][4]


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