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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.

ASU students in viral multicultural space video demand school fight racism, protect students of color

By: - November 17, 2021

Arizona State University students and community advocates are demanding university leaders do more to protect students of color, publicly denounce white supremacy and take meaningful steps to provide a student-led multicultural center after three student leaders of color have faced death threats following a viral confrontation with two white students.  The demands, made during a […]

U.S. halts resettlement of new refugees, prioritizes release of Afghan evacuees

By: - November 15, 2021

The federal government is pausing its resettlement program for refugees around the world through early January 2022 to prioritize services for thousands of Afghan evacuees who are expected to exit military bases and arrive in cities across the country in the coming months, according to the U.S. Department of State. The government  is prioritizing some […]

American borders reopen to tourists, but remain closed for those seeking asylum

By: - November 9, 2021

As entry restrictions lifted on Monday in a welcomed reopening of the land U.S. border crossings to some tourists from Mexico, the Biden administration is continuing to deny entry to asylum-seekers from Mexico and Central America under a Trump-era emergency public health rule. Lisandro, a migrant from southern Mexico using a pseudonym to protect his […]

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Business executives: Path to citizenship a tool to combat labor shortages

By: - October 22, 2021

Time is running out for Senate Democrats to deliver millions of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship that their families and advocates nationwide have been clamoring for years, and some business leaders in Arizona are emphasizing the economic benefits of a path to legalization.  In a letter to U.S. Sens. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema, […]

ASU Police asks prosecutors to charge 4 people for Sinema bathroom protest

By: - October 20, 2021

The Arizona State University Police Department has asked county prosecutors to charge four people with misdemeanors after a protest against U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema interrupted a class she was teaching and ended with an activist following her into a bathroom. ASU police, Sinema’s office and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office investigated the incident, said Adam […]

Citizenship applications backlog doubles from 2015 to 2020

By: - October 19, 2021

The backlog of applications for eligible immigrants to become U.S. citizens more than doubled between 2015 and 2020, according to a report from a Government Accountability Office that portrays U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as a strained and inefficient agency. USCIS is tasked with processing and adjudicating immigration benefits, like work visas, green cards, citizenship […]

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Arizona a key state in $32 million investment to turn out young voters

By: - October 15, 2021

Young voters in Arizona will be the target of a $32 million campaign seeking to mobilize those ages 18 to 35 in eight states ahead of the 2022 election cycle as part of a program funded by NextGen America, a left-leaning advocacy group founded by billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer.  This week the group […]

South Phoenix residents seek preservation of historic palm trees displaced by light rail

By: - October 14, 2021

On a late summer afternoon, Victor Vidales walked along the one-acre lot of his backyard that is temporarily housing more than two dozen palm trees. Dried weeds and rocky soil crunched under his flip flops.  “If these trees could talk, what would they say?” Vidales said, as the tall and thin palm trees towered over […]

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Lawmakers question Ducey’s lack of Indigenous Peoples Day proclamation

By: - October 11, 2021

When Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai reflects on the meaning and importance of Indigenous Peoples Day, she thinks of a question her nephew Gavin posed to her about six years ago.  Peshlakai and her family had gathered in Cameron, the hometown of the Democratic legislator on the Navajo Nation. Gavin, who lived in Mesa but grew up […]

Immigration advocates shave heads to protest failure to pass citizenship for dreamers

By: - October 8, 2021

As plans to pass a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants drag on in the U.S. Senate, people who could benefit from immigration reform and advocates shaved their heads to honor a historical tradition of Korean people that symbolizes commitment and protest.  On Tuesday afternoon in Washington, D.C., Karina Ruiz, executive director of […]

DACA leaders confronted Kyrsten Sinema on flight, at ASU to ask for her support. They got silence.

By: - October 5, 2021

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona ignored Karina Ruiz, a local leader who advocates for immigrant communities, when the activist approached her on a flight to Washington, D.C., Monday to urge the senator to commit to passing a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocmented immigrants.  In a video she posted on social media, Ruiz walked […]

Education advocates file signatures to force vote on Ducey’s tax cuts in 2022

By: - September 28, 2021

Education advocacy groups on Tuesday filed hundreds of thousands of signatures to block Gov. Doug Ducey’s sweeping income tax cuts, the largest in state history, from going into effect and forcing a public vote on them.  For that to actually happen, at least 118,823 of the 215,787 signatures the Invest in Arizona coalition submitted on […]