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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.

NAU runner sets record for Guatemala, finishes 12th in Olympic final

By: - August 6, 2021

Luis Grijalva, the Northern Arizona University long-distance runner who almost could not travel to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo because he lacks an immigration status in the U.S., is now a record-setting Olympian.    View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Luis Miguel Grijalva (@luisgrijalva_) Grijalva left Guatemala when he […]

Arizona state lawmakers in DC lobby for voting rights legislation, end of filibuster

By: - August 6, 2021

Nine Arizona Democratic lawmakers traveled to the nation’s capital this week to lobby members of Congress to pass voting and election reform legislation and end the Senate filibuster, which has prevented important reforms to Democrats from passing with a simple majority.   The state lawmakers, who recently ended a legislative session that saw a record number […]

Groups call on border counties to reject Ducey’s call for outside law enforcement

By: - July 29, 2021

A letter from community organizations is asking the Arizona Border Counties Coalition to reject the help from out-of-state law enforcement groups that Gov. Doug Ducey requested “urgently” go to the border with Mexico “in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity.” The organizations — the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, the Kino Border Initiative, […]

NAU cross-country runner with DACA cleared to travel to the Olympics

By: - July 28, 2021

A Northern Arizona University track and field athlete who has no immigration status succeeded at securing a special permission from the federal government on Monday to travel to compete in the Olympics Games in Tokyo and return to the U.S. Luis Miguel Grijalva, who was brought to the U.S. when he was an infant, was […]

Civil rights leaders arrested at Sinema’s office after protesting her filibuster support

By: - July 27, 2021

Civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson, social justice leader Rev. William J. Barber II and a state senator were among the 39 people arrested at U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s Phoenix office on Monday during a demonstration calling on her to end the Senate filibuster to pass sweeping voting rights legislation. But Sinema, who has defended […]

Another protest lawsuit against Phoenix, Maricopa County on the horizon

By: - July 26, 2021

A protester who Phoenix police arrested for false felony claims in 2020 and who prosecutors claimed was a member of a non-existent gang is moving to sue the City of Phoenix, members of the Phoenix Police Department, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and some of its prosecutors, according to […]

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Invest in Arizona campaign to overturn tax cuts with voter referendums not dampened by lawsuit

By: - July 25, 2021

The Invest in Arizona campaign seeking to overturn three laws Republican legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey celebrated as “the single largest tax cut in Arizona history” marked its first week of action this weekend and garnered momentum around the state to get three referendums on the ballot in 2022.  On a cloudy and rainy Saturday […]

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U.S. extends temporary protection status for Somali immigrants

By: - July 23, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security has extended temporary protections for Somali migrants, allowing them to apply for Temporary Protected Status through March 2023.  TPS is a benefit that grants a work permit and temporary protection from deportation to immigrants living in the U.S. who are from countries affected by natural disasters and armed conflict.  According […]

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Small business owners join pressure campaign against Sinema over filibuster

By: - July 22, 2021

A coalition of over 500 small businesses throughout Arizona is calling on U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., to take meaningful steps to pass the For The People Act, a proposal she co-sponsored but Senate Republicans have successfully stalled through procedural means.  Sinema is one of the two Senate Democrats who have publicly voiced their opposition […]

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Lawsuits mount against Phoenix, county for ‘outrageous’ criminal cases against protesters

By: - July 20, 2021

A lawsuit claims the City of Phoenix, the Phoenix Police Department and leadership at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office conspired to falsely arrest and maliciously prosecute people who rallied last year to protest the deaths of George Floyd, Dion Johnson and other Black people.  The plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit include 20 people who were […]

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A Texas judge blocked DACA protections, ramping up pressure for congressional action

By: - July 16, 2021

A Texas judge on Friday blocked the federal government from granting temporary work permits and deferral from deportation to first-time applicants to the Deferred Action from Childhood Arrivals program. 

Police critics arrested after 2019 immigration protest sue Phoenix, police

By: - July 16, 2021

A man who Phoenix police arrested during an interview with the Arizona Mirror at a July 2019 protest and another bystander who police mistook for a right-wing agitator have filed a lawsuit against the City of Phoenix and several police officers.