Laura Gómez Rodriguez previously covered state politics and immigration for the Arizona Mirror.
Betty Guardado, Carlos Garcia poised to be new faces on Phoenix City Council
By: Laura Gómez - May 21, 2019
Union organizer Betty Guardado will be the new representative for District 5 in West Phoenix, unseating councilwoman Vania Guevara, and immigrant rights activist Carlos Garcia is poised to defeat former councilman Mike Johnson in District 8, according to preliminary election results.
Townsend calls out security, humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border
By: Laura Gómez - May 20, 2019
Rep. Kelly Townsend on Monday presented a proclamation on the floor of the Arizona House of Representatives declaring a security and humanitarian crisis at the border with Mexico.
State inspectors visited six Southwest Key facilities. Here’s what they found.
By: Laura Gómez - May 16, 2019
A suicidal child tried to hurt themselves in Southwest Key facility in Phoenix, but 911 was never called. A child in a Glendale shelter was given antidepressant medication, but there was no medical record of why the drug was needed. Other children with food allergies and food intolerance vomited and lost weight, and didn’t have […]
ACLU alleges Avondale school district also has discriminatory enrollment requirements
By: Laura Gómez - May 13, 2019
Another Arizona school district is asking for state-issued IDs as a requirement for enrollment and potentially shutting out undocumented immigrant families from its classrooms, in violation of state and federal laws.
AZ Democrats want DHS to do more to aid in humanitarian response to migrant families
By: Laura Gómez - May 6, 2019
Arizona’s House Democratic delegation on Monday asked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s top leader to appoint a federal crisis coordinator to support the largely non-governmental network helping migrant families released by border and immigration officials.
Poll: Arizonans want dual-language instruction, support repeal of English-only standards
By: Laura Gómez - May 2, 2019
About 67 percent of respondents agree with the dual-language immersion approach to teaching English to students who don’t already speak it, while 24 percent said they would keep the current Structured English Immersion standard.
AZ, Phoenix gov’ts largely sit on sidelines as communities grapple with migrant influx
By: Laura Gómez - April 30, 2019
It marked the most significant involvement by local governments in Arizona since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement began releasing families to charity organizations in October.
Yuma school considering ending policy requiring state ID for enrollment, Dept. of Ed says
By: Laura Gómez - April 26, 2019
Update: An earlier version of this story reported information from the Arizona Department of Education stating the Yuma Union High School District ended its unlawful enrollment policy. ADE retracted the information, and clarified YUHSD is considering rescinding the policy. The Yuma Union High School District Governing Board will consider ending a policy that allegedly unlawfully […]
Ducey signs bill changing oversight of migrant shelters after Southwest Key controversies
By: Laura Gómez - April 24, 2019
Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill to change how Arizona oversees federally contracted facilities like Southwest Key that run migrant youth shelters. The House of Representatives sent Senate Bill 1247 to Ducey’s desk last week, with 59 votes in support (Rep. Tony Rivero, R-Peoria, didn’t vote). Democrats in that chamber, led by Rep. Kelli […]
ACLU: Yuma high school unlawfully requires parents provide state ID to enroll students
By: Laura Gómez - April 23, 2019
According to the ACLU, administrators at the San Luis High School require a parent or guardian provide a state-issued ID to enroll a student.
Fann holds tuition bill, has second thoughts on its need
By: Laura Gómez - April 16, 2019
Senate President Karen Fann said she’s asking the Arizona Board of Regents whether they need the legislature’s permission to create a new tuition category and plans to sit on legislation to create a new tuition rate for all Arizona high school graduates until she gets an answer.
ICE: Almost 24k migrant family members released in AZ since December
By: Laura Gómez - April 11, 2019
Between March 5 and April 8 – a span of 34 days – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released 9,200 migrant parents and their children to community groups in Arizona, mainly in Phoenix and Tucson, according to figures provided Wednesday by the agency. That is about 271 migrant family members released per day.