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This is an intake room at the Henderson Detention Center on Oct. 16, 2013.
Immigrant detention: Is Henderson’s financial boon part of a national boondoggle?
Nov. 19, 2013
With an average detainee population of more than 200 per day, the Henderson Detention Center has been the primary facility in Nevada for housing federally detained immigrants since early 2011.
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., center, walks to a Republican caucus at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
Immigration in brief: House whip says no time to pass reform in 2013; advocates continue to press
Nov. 12, 2013
With 16 days left in the 2013 congressional session, some politicians are already writing immigration reform's obituary, at least for this year. Reform advocates, however, are still hoping something passes before the holiday recess.
Melrose Family Fashion, a Texas-based company targeting Hispanic consumers, opened its first store in the Las Vegas Valley on Oct. 25 at 2335 E. Lake Mead Blvd. The company plans to keep expanding into Nevada, and its second Southern Nevada store will open before the end of November.
Texas-based family clothing store enters Las Vegas market
Nov. 7, 2013
Melrose Family Fashions, which made its entry into the Southern Nevada market in late October, is not just sticking its toe in the water. The Texas-based clothing store is doing a cannonball into the Las Vegas Valley with more stores on the way. Geared toward the Hispanic market, Melrose opened its first store in the area Oct. 25 at 2335 E. Lake Mead Blvd. The North Las Vegas launch included a ribbon-cutting and a raffle for a shopping spree.
This Oct. 2, 2012, file photo shows U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling the border fence near Naco, Ariz.
Immigration in brief: Obama meets with businesses; Border Patrol rejects changes
Nov. 5, 2013
President Barack Obama met today with business leaders, including representatives from McDonald's, Lockheed Martin and Marriott, to discuss immigration reform.
As many as 20,000 people, a large percentage of them Hispanic, come to the Broadacres Marketplace & Event Center on Sundays during the fall and spring season, marketing representative Evelyn Sanchez said.
Market's mass appeal offers answer to question, 'What else are you going to do in Las Vegas?'
Nov. 5, 2013
Before noon on Sunday, the busiest day at the Broadacres Marketplace & Event Center, the 22-acre parking lot was packed. Drivers wiggled their cars into any available space, whether marked for parking or not. Some people had already been at the market for hours and were filtering out as more shoppers – mostly families – steadily streamed into the complex at 2930 Las Vegas Blvd. On the other side of the fence were 22 acres of concrete lined with 1,150 vendor stalls, food stands and an events area visited by tens of thousands of people each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
From the serious to the comical, skeletons are on display in many of the altars presented at the annual Life in Death Festival in 2009 at the Winchester Cultural Center.
Plenty of ways across Las Vegas Valley to celebrate Day of the Dead
Nov. 1, 2013
There are two major Day of the Dead events in the valley, one at the Winchester Cultural Center and one at Springs Preserve, in addition to many smaller events and specials offered at bars, clubs and restaurants.
Melynda Espinoza (background),15, interprets for her mother Irene during a parent-teacher conference for her brother Miguel, center, at Lois Craig Elementary School in North Las Vegas Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. About 80 percent of students at the school are Hispanic.
Lost in translation? Parent-teacher conferences bring about own challenges for non-English speakers
Oct. 30, 2013
There are nearly 150 languages spoken in the homes of Clark County students, according to district officials. The majority of non-English-speaking students’ families speak Spanish, with Tagalog — a language from the Philippines — a distant second. Languages from across the world — Africa, Asia, Europe and South America — are represented among parents and students in the School District. Although the district provides some translation services and several nonprofits work with non-English-speaking parents on engagement, there’s not enough translators come parent-teacher conference time.
Immigration supporters target GOP House members seen as amenable to reform
Oct. 22, 2013
With the federal shutdown over, immigration-reform advocates are getting a message out to Congress, especially its Republican members: Now is the time to pass immigration legislation and prove Capitol Hill still can function. Armed with polls targeting specific congressional districts of GOP House members who are seen as flexible on the issue, a coalition of immigration-reform supporters is telling the lawmakers that leading the way on legislation will help, not harm, them politically.
Bishop Joseph Pepe of the Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas addresses about 1,500 valley residents who gathered to address community and family concerns, May 22, 2012. Members of local Christian, Jewish and Muslims organizations, along with other charitable and non-profit groups, addressed issues such as children's safety, foreclosures, immigration, and education.
Immigration-reform supporters urge Las Vegas' Catholic Church hierarchy: Speak up publicly, speak out publicly
Oct. 20, 2013
After months of coordinated activities between immigration-reform activists and Catholic dioceses across the country, including a 150-mile march in Florida ending at a Catholic church, Las Vegas' Catholic reform advocates are asking why their own bishop is not marching beside them.
From left to right, Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford, Sen. Dean Heller and Sen. Harry Reid laugh at a joke made by Rep. Mark Amodei, in the foreground, at the first official meeting of the full Nevada congressional delegation in several years, Feb. 13, 2013.
Reid, Amodei can't wait to move on to next big issue: immigration
Oct. 16, 2013
The budget and debt fight isn’t quite over, but Nevada lawmakers are already naming their next challenge immigration reform.
North Las Vegas City Councilman Isaac Barron inside his office at North Las Vegas City Hall on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. This year Barron became the first Hispanic ever elected to the North Las Vegas City Council.
For NLV's first Hispanic councilman, the time is now
Oct. 10, 2013
Councilman Isaac Barron stands at the large windows of his ninth-floor North Las Vegas City Hall office, or “roost” as he calls it, and points out all the markers of his upbringing. He looks to the north and points out his old neighborhood, where, as a teenager, he fought and lost a battle against an apartment development that he thought would exacerbate problems in a high-crime area. In June, he was sworn in as the first Hispanic to ever serve on the North Las Vegas City Council.
People outside the East Sahara Avenue Department of Motor Vehicles office.
Lost in translation: Immigration advocates raise issues with regulations for driver's authorization cards
Oct. 9, 2013
The establishment of a Nevada driver’s authorization card, mainly for use by immigrants in the country illegally, is wrapped up in debate over who will translate required documents and concerns the Department of Motor Vehicles will unwittingly create a fertile field for fraud.
Gov. Jerry Brown is shown at the California State Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Sacramento, May 29, 2013.
California's Brown vetoes bill to allow non-citizens on juries
Oct. 7, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty.
Officer Miguel Chavez talks about local gangs with participants at the Hispanic Citizen's Academy held by Metro Police on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.
Metro's Hispanic Citizens Academy aims to teach, develop trust
Oct. 5, 2013
The goal of Metro's Hispanic Citizens Academy is to teach non-English speaking valley residents their rights and responsibilities, said Officer David Cienega, director of the academy. It also aims to develop trust between officers and Hispanic residents, some of whom may be afraid to approach police for fear of deportation.
Astrid Silva, an activist with PLAN and a Nevada immigrant with deferred action status, chants pro-immigration slogans at a demonstration at the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, July 31, 2013.
Immigration-reform supporters push forward, even as budget battle pushes issue to back burner
Oct. 4, 2013
A few months ago immigration was atop most federal lawmakers’ agenda, but a budget standoff and looming debt-ceiling showdown have stolen the spotlight for lawmakers and the public.

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