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.
Settled into new homes, refugees in US say they are working for a better life for all
By: Laura Gómez - June 21, 2021
Violence, persecution and wars amid a global pandemic added to the growing number of displaced persons around the world last year.
DACA recipients, families and advocates will push for permanent immigration status
By: Laura Gómez - June 17, 2021
Local and national immigrant rights groups made a promise to mark the 9th anniversary of the federal program benefiting thousands of immigrants who arrived in the country as children: Those young people who benefit from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals won’t be celebrating the program’s 10th anniversary.
DPS: State trooper wrong to say he ‘smelled’ undocumented migrants
By: Laura Gómez - June 14, 2021
When the Arizona Department of Public Safety said it an April 16 press release that a trooper “observed 17 undocumented aliens” in a white van he had stopped on a highway, what was most notable to the state trooper was the stench of the men.
Class action lawsuit filed against City of Phoenix, police chief for mass arrests
By: Laura Gómez - June 10, 2021
Twenty three people who Phoenix police rounded up and arrested for unfounded felony rioting charges filed a federal class action lawsuit against the City of Phoenix, Police Chief Jeri Williams and three other employees of the Phoenix Police Department.
Dreamer sues Paul Penzone for holding her longer in jail to allow ICE to arrest her
By: Laura Gómez - June 4, 2021
Sheriff Paul Penzone delayed the release of Máxima Guerrero from the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail last year to accommodate a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrest, in contradiction with Penzone’s stated practice and in violation of Guerrero’s constitutional rights, according to a federal lawsuit she filed Monday.
First steps in 2022 campaign for Dreamers’ tuition under way
By: Laura Gómez - June 1, 2021
The campaign to repeal a state law that forces Dreamers who graduated from Arizona high schools to pay out-of-state tuition at the state’s universities has begun, with the launch of a campaign committee that hopes to spend millions of dollars to support the measure on the 2022 ballot.
Controversial definition of anti-Semitism set for full Senate vote
By: Laura Gómez - May 26, 2021
A bill requiring a controversial definition of anti-Semitism when teaching about the Holocaust in Arizona schools passed Tuesday as lawmakers consider a flurry of budget bills.
GOP voters more supportive of tuition breaks for Dreamers than GOP lawmakers
By: Laura Gómez - May 25, 2021
Only about 1 in 7 Republican lawmakers backed sending a measure to the ballot in 2022 that would let voters repeal a 15-year-old ban on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants, far less than the roughly 1 in 3 Arizona Republican voters that recent polling found supports the idea.
Grijalva leads coalition urging sanctions, denouncing police brutality in Colombia
By: Laura Gómez - May 18, 2021
Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., is leading a coalition of 55 members of Congress calling on the U.S. to suspend weapons sales, training and direct assistance funding Colombia’s national police force amid a human rights crisis stemming from deadly repression of anti-government protests.
Community groups tell Fann to stop Senate election audit, focus on struggling Arizonans
By: Laura Gómez - May 14, 2021
Two community groups and Democratic lawmakers asked Senate President Karen Fann to stop the controversial election audit and focus instead on hearing from families struggling to recover economically from the pandemic as lawmakers hammer out a budget. At a Thursday press conference, Rep. Raquel Terán, D-Phoenix, said the audit, which she and other speakers called […]
Voters will have opportunity repeal in-state tuition ban for undocumented students
By: Laura Gómez - May 10, 2021
Moments after a bipartisan vote at the House of Representatives passed a measure to ask state voters to repeal a 2006 ban on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students in Arizona, Reyna Montoya and Jose Patiño were in disbelief. Patiño and Montoya were both high school students when 71% of Arizona voters in 2006 told […]
Gallego urges de-escalation in deadly Colombia protests
By: Laura Gómez - May 8, 2021
Congressman Ruben Gallego is calling for President Ivan Duque of Colombia to de-escalate his administration’s deadly militarized response to nationwide protests in a country agitated by police violence, corruption, killings of social and environmental leaders and unpopular government reforms. In eight days of protests, 37 people have reportedly died. Many of the deaths, which some […]