Community leaders discuss immigration and refugee reform

RENO, Nev (KOLO) -- Local law enforcement agencies joined city and community leaders Wednesday evening to talk about immigration issues in the Reno-Sparks community.

"My hope is that as people come and they are in enlightened and informed. They will be able to go back home and feel at ease,” said Pastor Dr. Cesar Minera.

That is exactly what the forum on immigration set out to do.

"There is a lot of unknowns going on at the federal level. But that doesn't mean that you don't have any recourse. That doesn't mean you don't have any avenues to help you," said Assemblyman Edgar Flores, (D) District 28.

Several speakers set out to educate immigrants and refugees on obtaining Nevada driver authorization cards, information on the city of Reno's welcoming city initiative, and how they can report crimes.

"This fear that is going on right now, the national level, is very normal. However it's something that they need to understand that there are a lot of people standing between them and a lot of the rhetoric that is very harmful," said Assemblyman Flores.

Flores says some of those people are attorneys, legislators, religious leaders and even law enforcement.

The status of DACA is a major concern for many immigrants. Flores told people in attendance about the different deadlines they need to worry about, and the difference between a search and arrest warrant.

"I thought it was helpful. I was hoping to dive into couple of topics a little more, but I definitely think there was some helpful information that came from Assemblyman and immigration Attorney Edgar Flores," said Alejandra Hernandez-Chavez, attendee.