Laura Gómez

Laura Gómez

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

Mesa Mayor: Citizenship question on census ‘a real threat to my city’

By: - June 13, 2019

Mesa Mayor John Giles spoke against the controversial citizenship question being considered for the 2020 Census during a press call Wednesday organized by the Leadership Conference Education Fund, a civil rights and research group. “It is hard to imagine anyone that would think this is a good idea. An undercount doesn’t really serve anyone,” Giles […]

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God killed Ed Pastor because he supported light rail, claims light rail opponent

By: - June 13, 2019

A South Phoenix business owner opposed to the light rail extension in her neighborhood claimed God killed former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor in a flyer she shared with Phoenix City Council last week.

Study: AZ likely to suffer worst Census undercount, lose congressional seat, if citizenship question added

By: - June 12, 2019

A new estimate shows Arizona’s total population could see an undercount of nearly 5% if a controversial citizenship question is added to the 2020 Census – and potentially miss out on adding a congressional seat and Electoral College vote.

New Phoenix council members ‘unapologetic’ about who they are

By: - June 11, 2019

When Betty Guardado and Carlos Garcia, Phoenix’s newest councilmembers, raised their right hands to take the oath of office on June 6, her left hand rested on a Bible and his on a landmark Chicano history book.  

Volunteers blast Phoenix council for lack of action on migrant families releases

By: - June 6, 2019

Two Phoenix residents this week warned the city council that there could be an emergency with the release of thousands of migrant families as summer temperatures rise and an ad hoc volunteer network that sprang up last fall beginning to falter due to the heavy workload.

Trump administration to stop paying for some migrant services at AZ shelters

By: - June 5, 2019

The Trump administration has told the companies it contracts with to operate shelters for migrant youth to discontinue it’s educational and recreational programs and legal aid services.

Sonora guv, another close ally, splits with Ducey on tariffs

By: - June 5, 2019

This marks the second time in as many months that Ducey has sided with Trump in his economic saber-rattling against Mexico.


Hispanic churches file federal lawsuit against anti-immigrant Arizona ‘patriot’ groups

By: and - June 4, 2019

A network of small Hispanic churches that for months have welcomed and aided migrant families who have been processed by federal immigration officials on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against two Arizona anti-immigrant groups.

‘Dreamer’ graduates face uneven higher ed options

By: - May 30, 2019

Among a sea of blue caps and gowns, some draped with cords and colorful stoles, were Blanca Collazo and Jordi Santos. They’re both good friends. They were both born in Mexico and arrived in the United States as toddlers.

Arizona legislative session ends without English-only law repeal

By: - May 29, 2019

A proposal to ask voters to repeal the state’s English-only law and instead favor bilingual education failed to make the cut this legislative session.

Guardado, Garcia to lean on street experience, bring new voices to Phoenix City Council

By: - May 23, 2019

Phoenix voters in the south, central and west sides of the city picked two outsiders to represent them on city council this week: union leader Betty Guardado for District 5, and immigrant rights activist Carlos Garcia for District 8.

Amid budget squabbles, six people became American citizens at the AZ House

By: - May 22, 2019

While lawmakers were preparing for the marathon process of passing the state budget, six immigrants were welcomed as new U.S. citizens on the floor of the Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday morning.