Nevada officials, immigrants, react to president's 'tough talk'

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Instead of the “s-word” heard around the world, here’s what Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, wants to hear from President Trump.

“This president needs to unite this country,” Cortez Masto said Friday at the Culinary union, where she was meeting with Nevada families hurt by the recent administration decision to end temporary protected status (TPS) for Salvadoran refugees. “This president needs to remember who we are as Americans, and what this is about, and not continue to divide us, not continue to say just because you have a different color of skin or where you’re from, that you’re beneath other people in this country.”

What the president called his "tough talk “and what other witnesses said was repeated vulgar language with lawmakers in the oval office has the danger of derailing delicate negotiations for immigration reform.

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That's what worries Congresswoman Dina Titus.

“Well, it certainly doesn't help. We're trying to get something done to help the people who are here on TPS, we were working on the Dreamers; thought we were getting close and now he just throws cold water on all of that,” she told me at an event Friday morning. “My grandfather came from Greece, and that probably fits his description of a “shithole” country,” Titus added.

There are about 13 thousand Dreamers in Nevada who hope Congress finds a fix by the deadline in March.

There are thousands of others here who are undocumented, and nervous, and Audrey Peral is one of them.

“I am very worried. It's definitely looking like it's not going in the direction that we need it to go,” Peral says.

Immigration reform is not his job, but immigration impacts his state.

“But if it was said, absolutely unacceptable,” said Brian Sandoval Friday at the National Governor’s Association meeting at the Monte Carlo.

That's our Republican governor's reaction to the "s-word."

He hopes this latest flap doesn't derail the search for an immigration solution.

“I’ve been one that has been very supportive of DACA, I am one that has been very supportive of having comprehensive immigration reform. I am one that has called on Congress to address this issue as soon as possible,” Sandoval said.

The irony of this is this comes on Martin Luther King weekend.

Monday, we honor the civil rights leader, and Senior Pastor Ralph Williamson at the First AME Church is getting his sermon ready.

“Every time I turn around I have to find a way to say something that is being provoked from an office that should be showing leadership but continues to show demoralizing views and comments,” Williamson says.

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