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Two girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area, where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz. The girls are among tens of thousands of immigrants who have flooded over the Southwest border this year, many unaccompanied children. Now, a Reno-based advocate for immigrants says the tide of immigrants is beginning to reach Nevada.
Effects of Southwest’s border crisis reaching into Nevada
July 17, 2014
Every time the phone rings these days, Rosa Molina steels herself for a heart-wrenching story. She has been taking far more calls than usual from immigrants, and many of them are sharing tales of abuse and violence. This week, she has already taken a call from a mother who says she paid a smuggler $7,000 to escort her children from El Salvador to the United States, only to be contacted and asked for...
First grade student Angel Rosales and his sister Marisol look over one of Angel's compositions during a parent-teacher conference at Lois Craig Elementary School in North Las Vegas Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Marisol helped her mother with some translation. About 80 percent of students at the school are Hispanic.
Report: Nevada Hispanics face many obstacles to scholastic, financial success
July 15, 2014
A new report says Hispanics in Southern Nevada trail their counterparts in neighboring states when it comes to ...
Metro won’t detain immigrants on ICE requests
July 14, 2014
Metro Police announced today that they will no longer detain immigrants based solely on a request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The policy change was ...
Estela Gonzalez, right, and her daughter Mikaela, center, assist Maria Castro, left, and her 2-year-old daughter Natalia Maravillaga. Castro and her daughter are from Honduras and traveled across Mexico and into Texas en route to family in Stanford, Conn. Gonzalez volunteers with a group in McAllen, Texas, that comes to the aid of immigrants.
On Texas border, volunteers get to work to help flood of immigrants
July 13, 2014
The old-fashioned trolley bus stopped just outside Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and eight or so passengers — new immigrants who had just stolen across the Rio Grande from Mexico — filed off, clutching water bottles and manila envelopes marked with their intended destinations in the U.S. A man, frowning, headed for the door of the church with a young girl in tow. So did several women clutching children, looking dazed when a large group of volunteers suddenly stopped what they were doing and raised their hands in applause. “Bienvenidos,” said one. Welcome. The new arrivals were ushered inside.
Tom Skancke, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, speaks with the Las Vegas Sun Editorial board, Wednesday June 26, 2013.
LVGEA endorses immigration reform
July 11, 2014
The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance became the latest business association to endorse immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship for those without legal residency, when the board of directors approved a resolution on Friday.
Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates call for immigration reform
July 11, 2014
Jay Palmer, a whistleblower against Infosys, an Indian firm that eventually paid a hefty fine for H1 B visa infractions, poses during a New York visit, Thursday July 3, 2014. Amid calls for expanding the nation's temporary skilled worker program, some Americans are pushing back. They argue the so-called H-1B program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. employees.
Backlash stirs in US against foreign worker visas
July 6, 2014
Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for Harley-Davidson's Tomahawk, Wis., plants. The divorced mother of three hoped it was the beginning of a new career with the motorcycle company. The dream didn't last long. Parker claims she was laid off one year later after she trained her replacement, a newly arrived worker from India.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media Monday, June 23, 2014, in Weslaco, Texas, after touring the McAllen Border Patrol station. Perry said that the border is not secure, adding, "This is an absolute humanitarian catastrophe waiting to happen."
Gov. Perry: Send child immigrants back home
July 3, 2014
The tens of thousands of Central American children entering the U.S. illegally is both a humanitarian crisis and a national security one, Texas Gov. Rick Perry testified Thursday at
An unidentified protester, left, argues with American citizen Lupillo Rivera, brother of Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera, right, as three buses carrying 140 immigrants attempt to enter the Murrieta U.S. Border Patrol station for processing on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
Buses with migrant families rerouted amid protest
July 1, 2014
Homeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.

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