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.
Rep. Salman: AZ Constitution needs amendment to protect right to vote
By: Laura Gómez - January 17, 2019
Rep. Athena Salman, D-Tempe, will introduce legislation to amend the Arizona Constitution and add a section to explicitly state the right to vote is a fundamental right, she said during a press conference Thursday.
He’s back: Shooter seen on Senate floor, says he’s working on water plan
By: Laura Gómez - January 16, 2019
The 2019 legislative session is on its third day and expelled lawmaker Don Shooter couldn’t stay away.
National controversy won’t slow down Women’s March Phoenix, organizers say
By: Laura Gómez - January 15, 2019
The Phoenix group said it was never an official chapter under the national organization Women’s March Inc., and only had “little connections” related to web listings and conference calls.
Southwest Key hires consultant to vet Arizona operations
By: Laura Gómez - January 11, 2019
Southwest Key has hired health care management consultant Robert Hess III to comply with one of the terms of the settlement agreement between the migrant youth shelter operator and the Arizona Department of Health Services.
A school where refugee and immigrant students find their voice
By: Laura Gómez - January 9, 2019
“Our students need their voice, they need to be heard, and if they don’t have a way of sharing that voice, the talents and the gifts they have will never be shared,” Faulkner said. Her official title is intensive intervention specialist.
Sheriff Penzone: Southwest key child abuse investigations fell through the cracks
By: Laura Gómez - January 7, 2019
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said things fell through the cracks in the investigations his agency conducted into three reports of child abuse at a Southwest Key facility for migrant children in Youngtown.
Sonoran guv: Build bridges, not walls
By: Laura Gómez - January 7, 2019
With the backdrop of a presidential trip to the southern border and a government partially shut-down over disagreement on funding for a border wall, Gov. Claudia Pavlovich of Sonora, Mexico, told the Arizona Mirror she rejects plans to build a wall along the length of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Deaths of migrant kids underscore risks of hieleras
By: Laura Gómez - December 28, 2018
Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, 7, died on Dec. 8 in an El Paso hospital. Felipe Gómez Alonzo, 8, died on Christmas Eve at a medical center in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Records suggest MCSO didn’t fully investigate child abuse claims at migrant shelter
By: Laura Gómez - December 26, 2018
Public records released to the Arizona Mirror shed light into the three reports of child abuse that led the federal government to shut down a shelter for migrant minors in Youngtown in September. The reports show neither the Southwest Key employees nor the minors involved were ever interviewed by law enforcement, and the Maricopa County […]
ACLU of Arizona sues ICE, DHS for records on immigration call center
By: Laura Gómez - December 21, 2018
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona is suing for records on an immigration call center local law enforcement officers use to check the immigration status of the people they encounter.
New vehicle registration fee hurts the poor, needs accountability, critics say
By: Laura Gómez - December 19, 2018
The new public safety fee all Arizona vehicle-owners will face next year to fund the Arizona Department of Public Safety will hurt Arizona’s poor disproportionately, said Tomas Robles, co-executive director of Living United for Change Arizona, an advocacy nonprofit for working families.
AZ legislator wants to require counties accept any grants for law enforcement, prosecutors
By: Laura Gómez - December 14, 2018
An Oro Valley Republican wants to take away the authority of all county governing bodies to turn down any federal money awarded to law enforcement and prosecutors, effectively mandating that counties rubber stamp the partnerships between federal law enforcement and local law enforcement if the federal government provides any amount of funding.