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This June 18, 2014, file photo shows children detainees sleeping in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas.
Conditions for young, detained immigrants are humanitarian crisis, Horsford says
June 28, 2014
Horsford toured a southern Texas detention facility Saturday and was appalled by what he saw: About 50 children crowd into bedroom-size cells, where they sleep on concrete floors ...
Democrats lean on House to pass immigration reform
June 26, 2014
Congressional Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., renewed their calls today for House Republicans to take up immigration reform. “Republicans are the reason we haven’t been able to do immigration reform,” Reid said at...
Sheldon Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Adelson supports immigration reform, but will his wallet follow suit?
June 20, 2014
Sheldon Adelson, CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. and recently one of the biggest Republican donors, published an op-ed calling for Congress to pass immigration reform in Politico Magazine Thursday.
Las Vegas resident Alan Aleman shows President Barack Obama his work permit card after a speech about immigration reform at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Aleman, who was brought illegally to the United States by his parents when he was 11, was one of the first Las Vegas residents to get his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) work permit.
DACAmented: Two more years of deferred action work permits
June 14, 2014
On the ground in immigrant communities, those who received work permits through DACA say the program has been a psychological and financial boost, albeit temporary. In Nevada, thousands of young people have received the permits, leading to driver’s licenses, jobs and increased opportunities for education.
Jose Antonio Vargas attends a Mitt Romney campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Jose Antonio Vargas documentary comes to Las Vegas
June 14, 2014
Shocked by a lack of government response, Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas wants to spark a national conversation about immigration in the United States by talking about ...
Raid on illegal clinic spurs question: Is enforcement adequate?
June 6, 2014
The arrest of an unlicensed health care provider in Las Vegas has prompted questions about how much progress has been made in a crackdown on illegal health clinics that began in 2012.
Las Vegas Metro Police Officers request that Immigration reform activists rallying at Joe Heck's office disperse and leave the building or be charged with trespass on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Five individuals were soon charged making their voices heard to pressure Heck to call for a vote on immigration reform in the House.
Immigration activists cited with trespassing at Rep. Joe Heck’s office
June 4, 2014
Five protesters pushing for immigration reform legislation were cited on counts of trespassing at Joe Heck’s local office this morning after they demanded to be heard and refused to leave. A group of more than 30 protesters...
Children crossing border alone create ‘urgent humanitarian situation’
June 3, 2014
A recent surge in the number of children who are detained while illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without their parents is an "urgent humanitarian situation" that ...
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) calls for comprehensive immigration reform at the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
Reid: President justified to act on immigration reform if Congress doesn’t
May 27, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined this morning with representatives from the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and other area business and tourism organizations to trumpet the need for urgent action on immigration reform. It has been nearly a year since the Senate passed...
Brian Huerta of Las Vegas would love to join the Marines, but is held back by his immigration status. Right now Congress is debating the ENLIST Act, a bill that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to join the armed forces and then earn residency.
Bill allowing immigrants here illegally to serve in military splits GOP
May 24, 2014
By now, Brian Huerta thought he would be out of Marines basic training and settling in with his unit, combat training with his M-16, learning navigation and technical skills, building trust with his comrades and ...
Jorge Espinosa stands beside Maria, his wife of 30 years, who has received her deportation orders to return to Mexico, on Monday, April 15, 2014. The couple are living in their daughter's home in North Las Vegas. The Espinosas have U.S. citizen children, have lived in the United States for more than two decades and continue to fight for their U.S. citizenship.
How immigration inaction could separate families
May 18, 2014
Jorge and Maria Espinosa bought into the American dream, but after 20 years here, could be torn apart by deportation. Immigration advocates are urging President Barack Obama to act on behalf of families like theirs ...
Computer problems lead to immigration court hassles, scrutiny on resources
May 14, 2014
With cases piling up by the thousands, lawyers are getting frustrated and judges are having to dust off cassette tapes to record hearings ...
Court TV: Immigration cases lack personal touch
May 11, 2014
With money tight and a growing backlog of cases as politicians get tough on immigration enforcement, judges have had to cut corners. For immigrant detainees, that has meant videoconferenced hearings rather than in-person appearances, which ...
More Hispanics leave the Catholic Church for other faiths, survey says
May 10, 2014
While some St. Louisans celebrated Cinco de Mayo with guacamole and beer, the women of St. Cecilia Catholic Church marked it with their devotion. On Monday night, draped ...
This is an intake room at the Henderson Detention Center on Oct. 16, 2013. The center contracts with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to house immigration detainees.
Administrative dismissals of immigration cases in Las Vegas fall below national average
May 2, 2014
Of 4,534 cases closed in Las Vegas between October 2012 and March 31, about 3 percent were tossed administratively by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to ICE data surveyed by …

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