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.
Senate amendment likely kills business-backed ‘youth employment’ bill to slash wages
By: Laura Gómez - April 8, 2019
A legislative proposal to cut the wages of working students is effectively dead in the Senate.
Somali refugee mom still waiting to reunite with children, husband, after more than 2 years
By: Laura Gómez - April 5, 2019
“Family always needs each other, family helps each other,” Nedifo Halane said in Somali through a translator in her Phoenix apartment.
AZ AG: Bill to cut student wages likely unconstitutional
By: Laura Gómez - April 4, 2019
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office says a Republican-backed proposal that would allow employers to pay working students well below Arizona’s minimum wage is unconstitutional.
Bill to cut student wages on hold in Senate for legal review
By: Laura Gómez - April 1, 2019
The Senate committee that reviews the constitutionality of bills postponed hearing its lawyer’s assessment of House Bill 2523, which would allow employers to cut young worker’s wages.
Montogomery declines to prosecute Southwest Key abuse incidents
By: Laura Gómez - March 29, 2019
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute three cases of child abuse involving Southwest Key employees and three migrant minors because it didn’t find enough evidence to sustain criminal charges.
Bill to cut student wages advances, will be expanded to all youth
By: Laura Gómez - March 28, 2019
A Senate panel on Thursday approved a proposal to allow Arizona employers to pay less than the state’s minimum wage to students who work part-time.
It’s alive: Tuition bill covering dreamers comes back
By: Laura Gómez - March 28, 2019
Sen. Heather Carter has put back in play her proposal to create a new tuition rate the state’s universities and community colleges. While the proposal makes no mention of immigraiton status, it would cover a group known as dreamers that for years has pushed, in the courts and on the streets, for in-state tuition.
St. Vincent de Paul opens Phoenix center to hundreds of migrant families
By: Laura Gómez - March 27, 2019
The doors of St. Vincent de Paul will stay open to accommodate roughly 100 migrant family members every day in Phoenix, in coordination with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Jessica Berg, chief program officer for the Catholic charity group.
Tuition bill covering dreamers coming back as striker after Bowers kills original measure
By: Laura Gómez - March 26, 2019
Yesterday, the powerful speaker of the House of Representatives said he was killing a proposal to create a new tuition rate at the state’s universities and community colleges for all who have graduated from an Arizona high school, including dreamers, but Sen. Heather Carter said she’s “working relentlessly” find a way to get the proposal to the governor’s desk.
Pastor shares how the City of Phoenix could help with release of migrant families
By: Laura Gómez - March 25, 2019
A letter of support from the city, his city council member or police would go a long way, he said. That would recognize, and in a way legitimize, the work he and his congregation have done for six months. With that, Garcia said he can better mobilize support.
House panel approves Southwest Key reform bill; Dems reluctantly support it
By: Laura Gómez - March 22, 2019
The House Health and Human Services Committee approved on a 9-0 vote Thursday a Senate proposal changing how the state oversees federally contracted facilities like Southwest Key that run migrant youth shelters.