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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.

Government report provides insight into what went wrong during family separation crisis

By: - October 5, 2018

A report published this week concluded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security “was not fully prepared to implement” the Trump Administration’s controversial Zero Tolerance Policy “or to deal with some of its after-effects.”   The report by the DHS Office of Inspector General special, titled, Initial Observations Regarding Family Separation Issues Under the Zero Tolerance […]

Three migrant boys run away from Southwest Key shelter, one ordered deported

By: - October 2, 2018

Three minors ran away from a shelter for migrant children operated by Southwest Key in Glendale on August 19. One of the boys, who didn’t show up to his immigration hearing Friday, was ordered deported to Guatemala by U.S. immigration Judge Linda Spencer-Walters. The boys were playing in a yard when they decided to jump […]

Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce sign

After backing Garcia in 2014, AZ Latino business group staying on sidelines in gov’s race

By: - September 26, 2018

The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce enthusiastically made David Garcia its first ever endorsement in his 2014 bid for state schools superintendent, but it likely won’t be backing him this year as he challenges Gov. Doug Ducey.

Citizens at naturalization ceremony

Naturalization backlog doubles to almost 15K in AZ, immigrant rights groups sue

By: - September 25, 2018

Immigrants’ rights groups sued the government Sept. 17 over a backlog in processing citizenship applications that has left more than 753,000 people waiting to access lawful citizenship and voting rights. The lawsuit stems from failure by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that process and adjudicates naturalized citizenship, to provide documents requested through the […]

Two Latin American diasporas in Arizona

By: - September 25, 2018

Did you catch Nelly Gonzalez saying this week how hard it is to send basic necessities to her family in Venezuela?

‘Two lives: one before Maria, and one after.’ Puerto Ricans in Arizona mark anniversary of tragedy

By: - September 25, 2018

Two Phoenix events marked the first year anniversary of the catastrophic hurricane that destroyed Puerto Rico. Those who lived through Hurricane Maria and those who witnessed it from afar gathered Sept. 20 to tend to the wound that’s still open, for communities destroyed, the thousands of lives taken, the families separated and the livelihoods gone. […]