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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.

Betty Guardado, Carlos Garcia poised to be new faces on Phoenix City Council

By: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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.

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AZ, Phoenix gov’ts largely sit on sidelines as communities grapple with migrant influx

By: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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.