An Interview With Congressional Candidate and Public School Teacher Reuben D’Silva


This week Congress proposed legislation that would prevent “chain immigration.”  Almost all immigrants come to the United States as families. Many immigrants live in mixed status families, scared for some immediate family members who are in jeopardy. Many live with the reality that one parent or another could be deported.

As we face a Government shutdown, DACA and immigration reform continue to be a bargaining chip while real folks suffer. Clark County School District most likely has 5,000 staff and 100,000 students living in a hostile political environment willing to risk it all for an opportunity at the American Dream. 

Under these conditions we interviewed Congressional Candidate and Rancho High School History Teacher Reuben D’Silva.

Born in India, Reuben D'Silva, came to the United States as a toddler with his family. After living in New York City for a few years his family moved to North Las Vegas, NV. 

He attended Rancho High School where he served as Senior Class President. After graduation he attended the College of Southern Nevada and shortly after enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. 

While attending college Reuben was called to active duty and deployed to Iraq. While serving, he was wounded by enemy fire in Fallujah. He spent an entire year in rehabilitation before returning to Las Vegas. 

After finishing his degree at UNLV, Reuben wanted to become a school teacher. Due to CCSD budget cuts at the time, Reuben decided to pursue a graduate program. He went on to earn a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and then Yale University. 

After graduating from Yale, Reuben turned down many job opportunities to return to Las Vegas to teach. 

Reuben now teaches at the high school he graduated from. Rancho High School is a school in North Las Vegas. It is a school which serves large numbers of immigrant students. 

"I got this opportunity to come back to the very high school that I graduated from. To work in the same community that I grew up in."

This is his story.

Reuben D'Silva is campaigning to serve in Nevada's First Congressional District. To learn more about Reuben and his campaign please visit