Laura Gómez

Laura Gómez

Laura Gómez Rodriguez previously covered state politics and immigration for the Arizona Mirror.

Immigration rally and arrests lead to criticism of Phoenix police handling of protests

By: - July 15, 2019

“Close the camps! Free the children!” they chanted throughout the night.  

Migrant minors alleged unsanitary conditions, abuse at Yuma border station

By: - July 10, 2019

Migrant minors who were detained at a U.S. Border Patrol station in Yuma have alleged mistreatment and sexual assault, according to records obtained by NBC News. Migrants claimed that agents took away their floor mats in retaliation for complaining about water and food quality, and were held in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions.  In one case, […]

Migrants held in ICE’s only transgender unit plead for help, investigation in letter

By: - July 9, 2019

Twenty-nine transgender women and non-binary migrants held at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility are calling for an investigation into poor medical services and mistreatment at the Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico.  In a handwritten letter signed by 29 detainees, the group said there’s inadequate medical attention and allege that detention […]

Stanton defends vote on border funding bill, amid protests to close migrant ‘concentration camps’

By: - July 3, 2019

Outraged by images of migrant families sleeping on concrete floors and testimony of children detained by U.S. officials, about 50 people gathered Tuesday afternoon in front of Democratic U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton’s office in Phoenix to demand he take a bolder stance on border and immigration issues. 

Phoenix groups denounce border and immigration detention conditions

By: - July 3, 2019

Many demonstrators said the border and immigration detention conditions amount to human rights violations. They worried about the impact of the trauma adults and children experience. 

Facility for 1,300 migrant minors opens in Texas

By: - July 2, 2019

An emergency influx facility opened on June 30 in South Texas to hold up to 1,300 migrant teens who arrived in the country alone to seek protections, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday.  

500-bed tent facility for migrant minors and families opens in Yuma

By: - June 28, 2019

A Yuma tent facility to hold migrant families and minors is set to begin operations Friday night, according to the Associated Press. 

Democrats cheer Supreme Court’s 2020 Census ruling

By: - June 28, 2019

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court delayed the inclusion of the controversial citizenship question on the Census, calling the justification the Trump administration offered for adding the question “contrived.” The ruling was welcomed by Democrats in Arizona.

Migrant children in AZ shelters to keep play time, education services, despite end of federal funding

By: - June 27, 2019

The Arizona Department of Health Services reassured two concerned Democratic lawmakers that migrant children and teens housed in state-licensed facilities are guaranteed play time and an education. This month, Democratic Reps. Kelli Butler of Phoenix and Kristen Engel of Tucson sent a letter to ADHS Director Cara Christ in response to an announcement by the […]

Report shows migrant families do show up to immigration court

By: - June 25, 2019

Immigration court data from Sept. 2018 to May 2019 shows most migrant families attend their immigration hearings, according to an analysis by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. The data refutes testimony from CBP Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, who shared at a Congressional hearing on June 11 that 90 percent of migrant families don’t show […]

New generation of dreamers gears up for fights, hopes for wins

By: - June 19, 2019

For more than a decade, immigrants lacking a legal status who arrived in the country as children have pushed for a pathway to citizenship. Known as “dreamers,” these youth have been arrested in demonstrations, stopped deportations of family members and strangers, sued the state of Arizona, won the right to obtain driver’s licenses and lost in-state tuition.

Julián Castro stresses police reform, says Trump failed on immigration

By: - June 14, 2019

Democratic candidate for president Julián Castro called President Donald Trump “a failure” when it comes to immigration during a town hall event hosted and broadcast by Fox News. “In our name, little children have been separated from their mothers,” Castro said, adding that over 140,000 migrant adults and children were arrested in May at the […]