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Laura Gómez

Laura Gómez

Reporter Laura Gómez Rodriguez covers state politics and immigration for the Arizona Mirror. She was named Best Investigative Reporter by Phoenix Magazine in its 2018 newspaper category and has been honored by the Arizona Press Club for education, immigration, political, and public safety reporting and Spanish-language news and feature reporting. Laura worked for The Arizona Republic and La Voz Arizona for four years, covering city government, economic development, immigration, politics and trade. In 2017, Laura traveled the length of the U.S.-Mexico border for “The Wall,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning project produced by The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network. She is a native of Bogotá, Colombia and lived in Puerto Rico and Boston before moving to Phoenix in 2014. Catch her researching travel deals, feasting on mariscos or playing soccer.

Immigration groups call for end to deportations, Title 42 and shut down of ICE detention facilities

By: - September 24, 2021

Lucia Fierros wants the privately-owned immigration detention centers where her brothers were detained in 2018 to shut down.  “We demand more humanity,” Fierros said in Spanish. “We demand that no more families be deported.” Fierros, 48, is a Tempe resident and spoke outside the field offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in central Phoenix […]

New poll finds broad support, even among Trump voters, for a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants

By: - September 23, 2021

Arizona voters overwhelmingly support a pathway to citizenship for some immigrants who meet some conditions for eligibility, according to a poll released Wednesday.  The survey of 323 Arizona voters between Sept. 10 and 18 found broad support, even among Trump voters, for “earned citizenship” for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children (often called […]

Groups demand Mark Kelly ‘not hide’ behind parliamentarian opinion on citizenship

By: - September 20, 2021

Immigration community advocates are pushing U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly to find “whatever means” to pass a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants following a setback on Sunday when the policy change to secure a permanent immigration status for millions was blocked from being part of the budget reconciliation process. On Sunday, the U.S. Senate parliamentarian […]

Afghanistan

Arizona expects 1,600 Afghan evacuees to arrive through March

By: - September 20, 2021

The federal government has notified Arizona that it should expect 1,610 Afghan evacuees to arrive through the end of March, according to the state Department of Economic Security.  DES administers the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program, which partners with the federal government to service refugees as they adjust to making Arizona their new home. The people […]

TaiAnna Yee signs a petition

Campaign to block tax cuts hires signature-gatherers ahead of September deadline

By: - September 15, 2021

The Invest in Arizona coalition seeking to let voters decide the fate of a massive tax-cut package approved by Republican lawmakers this year has ramped up hiring of paid circulators to gather signatures ahead of a deadline that is less than two weeks away.   In order to force a public vote in 2022 on three […]

Arizona communities prepare for arrival of Afghan refugees

By: - September 13, 2021

State officials, Arizona refugee resettlement agencies and community groups are preparing for the arrival in the coming weeks of thousands of people evacuated last month from Afghanistan.  The International Rescue Committee in Phoenix, a refugee resettlement agency, welcomed 18 Afghan evacuees on Aug. 29. They were among the tens of thousands of people who fled […]

AZ Dems, youth call for historic pathway to citizenship package

By: - September 10, 2021

Democratic elected officials from the Arizona legislature, the City of Phoenix and the Tempe Union High School district are urging President Joe Biden and Congressional leaders to pass legislation to secure a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented residents.  The push from the Arizona legislators, city council members and school board representatives comes as […]

Light rail construction the final straw for Azukar Coffee, the latest South Phoenix business to close

By: - September 8, 2021

Azukar Coffee could have been a destination along the light rail extension that will eventually extend from downtown along Central Avenue into South Phoenix, ending at Baseline Road.  Instead, the coffee shop that showcased Mexican culture and the neighborhood’s entrepreneurial spirit joins nearly two dozen other businesses as a casualty of the light rail construction […]

2-year-old boy, still alive, found next to his migrant mother’s dead body near Yuma

By: - September 2, 2021

A Colombian man living in Florida is trying to reunite with his toddler son after his wife and daughter died in the desert west of Yuma, an ordeal that the two-year-old boy survived as the family crossed into the United States from Mexico. Hugo Morales Pinzon lost his wife and 10-year-old daughter last week. The […]

Despite court ruling, education advocates say Prop. 208 can have a ‘long life’

By: - August 26, 2021

Backers of the Invest in Education Act say the voter-approved tax hike on the rich to increase teacher pay and boost school funding has a future, despite last week’s Arizona Supreme Court ruling that the spending plan is likely unconstitutional. The Invest in Education Act, which won nearly 52% of the vote in November as […]

Ruben Gallego

Black leaders say Ruben Gallego has dismissed and abandoned their community

By: - August 20, 2021

When Ne’Lexia Galloway started her job as the Black outreach representative for U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego in January 2020, she thought that the Phoenix Democrat would listen to people that look like her. Fifteen months later, she felt used, and quit her job. Galloway posted on Twitter that she left after concluding that Gallego, who […]

Afghanistan Taliban

Afghans in U.S., advocates plea for safety for family trying to leave Afghanistan

By: - August 19, 2021

Seeing images of Taliban forces taking rule in Afghanistan has brought Tucson resident Leena back to the time when she was a teenager.  “I fled Afghanistan in the 1990s when (the) Taliban first took over,” she said. “I have lived in the Taliban regime as a teenager, and it was a nightmare I am reliving […]