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Freshmen Orientation: Assemblyman Reuben D’Silva

Freshman Indian-American Assemblyman Reuben D’Silva sat down with the Nevada Independent to discuss his political journey and his proposed five legislative bills to strengthen education in Nevada.

D’Silva was born in Mumbai, India and his family moved to the United States in the late 1980s seeking opportunities to improve their lives. 

He grew up in northeast Las Vegas from the age of 6 with his mother, who was undocumented, his father, who passed away in 2016 and had temporary legal status, and three siblings, who had mixed immigration statuses. D’Silva said at one point, his mother received a letter about being deported.

“It was one of those desperate moments in our family’s history,” he said.

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