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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.

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As migrant family crisis strains volunteer network, no help to be found from Ducey or City of Phoenix

By: - March 21, 2019

Nonprofits and church leaders overwhelmed by the daily release from federal custody of hundreds of migrant families have for weeks asked for local and state leaders to assist and support what they say is a humanitarian crisis. However, neither Gov. Doug Ducey’s office or City of Phoenix leaders have offered a plan to assist. Two Phoenix councilmembers punted the issue back to the federal government.  

Senate panel shelves bill to cut student wages, at least for now

By: - March 14, 2019

A bill to pay some students less than the state’s minimum wage stalled in the Senate this week.

Bill to repeal Arizona’s English-only law moves forward

By: - March 13, 2019

Arizona lawmakers widely support a measure that would repeal a voter-approved policy forbidding bilingual education.

Kate Gallego handily wins mayor’s race, council seats headed for runoffs

By: - March 12, 2019

Kate Gallego will be Phoenix’s next mayor and the second woman elected to the city’s top post, having defeated opponent Daniel Valenzuela by a large margin.

Southwest Key CEO steps down, says ‘it’s time for new beginnings’

By: - March 11, 2019

The founder and CEO of the nation’s largest network of shelters for migrant youth announced Monday he is stepping down.

U.S. senators call for investigation of sex abuse reports in migrant shelters

By: - March 8, 2019

Two U.S. Senators are calling for an investigation of “an alleged widespread and long-term pattern of sexual abuse against unaccompanied children” in federally contracted facilities that hold migrant minors. Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) — both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — wrote to the U.S. Department of Health and […]

Documents show extent of sexual abuse reports in migrant youth shelters

By: - March 6, 2019

Federal government documents released last week by a Florida Congressman detailed the scope of sexual abuse allegations reported at shelters that hold migrant minors. These shelters contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and hold children and teens who arrived in the country alone to seek protections […]

Refugees gather at Capitol as House approves resolution supporting refugee resettlement in Arizona

By: - March 1, 2019

Refugee and immigrant families visited the state Capitol on Thursday to support a resolution proclaiming that “members of the Legislature welcome and declare their support for resettling all types of refugees in Arizona.”

House approves bill to cut student wages

By: - February 28, 2019

With only Republican support, the House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill to allow businesses to pay working students nearly $4 an hour less than the state’s minimum wage, ostensibly to allow more students to find jobs.

Southwest Key admissions ban lifted at one Phoenix shelter

By: - February 28, 2019

State health regulators have allowed one of 11 facilities operated by Southwest Key to accept new migrant children after 127 days of an admission freeze imposed under an October settlement, according to the shelter operator.

Migrant youth shelter reform bill approved in Senate

By: - February 28, 2019

All 30 Senators voted Wednesday in favor of moving forward a proposal to add oversight of facilities that operate shelters for migrant children in Arizona. The measure will now go to the House of Representatives.

Measure to cut pay for student workers advances with GOP backing

By: - February 27, 2019

“Why don’t you want young people to have a job?” Grantham said, in an attempt to appeal to those who oppose his proposal.