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Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., speaks at a press conference in the Capitol announcing the launch of a new immigration bill he co-wrote with a group of House Democrats on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2013..
Horsford helps draft new immigration reform; says, 'Now is the time to get this done'
Oct. 2, 2013
Immigration has largely been relegated to the back burner while Congress trades slugs amidst a federal government shutdown. But today, a band of House Democrats — including both of Nevada’s Democratic representatives — tried to give it new life, releasing a comprehensive reform legislation they say they are “ready to move.”
A view of the Las Vegas Boat Harbor at Lake Mead Wednesday, April 17, 2013. American Rivers, Nuestro Rio, Protect the Flows, and the National Young Farmers Coalition held a news conference at the marina to announce the Colorado River as America's #1 Most Endangered  River of 2013.
With river trip behind them, students head to D.C. to seek action on water issues
Sept. 30, 2013
A trip down the Colorado River last month offered 18 students a chance to learn firsthand about water conservation issues. This week, the students are taking their knowledge to Washington, D.C., to urge lawmakers to take action to preserve water resources.
Kyssilla Nestor, born in Colombia, is sworn in as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the city of Las Vegas welcome her and 98 other new U.S. citizens during an annual pre-Independence Day ceremony at Las Vegas City Hall Thursday, June 30, 2011.
Would you pass the U.S. citizenship test?
Sept. 26, 2013
According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 92 percent of naturalization candidates pass the English and civics tests. Applicants get two chances at both tests. If they fail twice, they have to reapply for naturalization and pay the $680 fee again. Think you would pass the civics test?
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, speaks at a graduation ceremony for graduates of the Rio Branco Institute, at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Brazilian president cancels U.S. visit over NSA surveillance
Sept. 17, 2013
On Tuesday Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff canceled a U.S. visit high on pomp and circumstance as she waits for the United States to mount a proper investigation into the extent of NSA surveillance.
Dancers at the 2011 Fiesta Las Vegas Latino Parade and Festival in downtown Las Vegas.
Action-packed schedule ahead for Mexican Independence Day, Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept. 11, 2013
Like a multiple-day music festival with several stages, the plethora of Las Vegas events surrounding Mexican Independence Day and Hispanic Heritage Month requires a tactical approach to get the most from all of the offerings. Hispanic Heritage Month runs Sept. 15-Oct. 15, but most of the events in Southern Nevada are booked closer to Mexican Independence Day, which is Monday.
Francisco Javier Santoyo, owner of Oro & Jewelers in Boulder City, discusses immigration reform at a press conference organized by Mi Familia Vota on Thursday, Sept. 5. Mi Familia Vota and other organizations are canvassing neighborhoods and holding numerous events in the coming month to help spur progress in Congress on immigration reform.
Groups keep heat on congressional delegation for immigration-reform support
Sept. 5, 2013
Nevada’s entire congressional delegation has publicly stated support for reform legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship. But organizations and individuals in the Silver State aren’t letting up their push until immigration reform becomes a reality.
Jackie Ramos, Congress of Racial Equality manager of community relations, faces a flag while leading the Pledge of Allegiance during her citizenship class while class participants follow along with a printed version on the opposite wall Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.
For these immigrants, benefits of US citizenship worth any struggle
Sept. 1, 2013
Some immigrants become naturalized U.S. citizens because they see it as the culmination of a lifelong love affair with their adopted country. Many people want to vote and fully participate in U.S. politics and society. Still others are motivated by different opportunities only open to citizens.
Juan Salazar carries his photo to be added to the mosaic of faces depicting America's diversity on the outside walls of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada headquarters in Las Vegas on Thursday evening, Aug. 15, 2013.
Newly documented young adults living up to deferred action's promise
Aug. 27, 2013
While millions of immigrants residing in the country illegally are wringing their hands in a nervous holding pattern as Congress weighs a sweeping reform program, Las Vegan Juan Salazar has already gotten a taste of life with legal status. In June 2012, President Barack Obama introduced deferred action for childhood arrivals, a temporary program that offers work permits to immigrants with no criminal record who were brought to the United States at a young age. To be eligible they must be in school, have a high school diploma or its equivalent, or have served in the military.
Reid: Obamacare isn't perfect, but it's good; Yucca mountain is dead
Aug. 21, 2013
Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a feel-good presentation for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce today in a question-and-answer session with chamber Chairman Jay Barrett.
Rep. Joe Heck drops french fries into the deep fryer at Roberto's Taco Shop on Boulder Highway in Henderson on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. Heck met with Reynaldo and Rogelio Robledo, two members of the chain's founding family, who discussed business and policy with the congressman.
Heck yearns for ‘comprehensive’ discussion, not rhetoric, on immigration reform
Aug. 13, 2013
U.S. Rep. Joe Heck knows the “pathway to citizenship” is the sticky part of the immigration-reform debate that sends politicians into frazzled fits of tongue-tied constituent coddling.
Jamileth Dominguez-Hernandez, 6, poses with her parents, Inocente Dominguez and Maria Hernandez, outside the law offices of Langford McLetchie on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. The family is suing Metro Police for failing to properly investigate when their daughter had her foot injured in an accident in 2011.
Lawsuit raises civil rights allegations against Metro in response to 2011 injury accident
Aug. 9, 2013
The complaint in federal court alleges the Metro officers became angry and didn’t bring an interpreter, take witness statements, check driving records, file any kind of report or allow those involved to exchange information after an accident injured a 4-year-old girl from a Spanish-speaking family.
Theresa Navarro, handcuffed, of Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, waits to be processed and loaded into a police van outside the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, D.C., after a pro-immigration reform protest Thursday, July 31, 2013.
Nevada activists arrested in D.C. immigration protest
Aug. 2, 2013
Two Nevada activists were voluntarily arrested at a pro-immigration reform sit-in outside House Speaker John Boehner’s office Thursday, in a demonstration designed to urge Congress’ top Republican to back a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
President Barack Obama speaks about immigration reform, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
White House continues to press for immigration reform, re-emphasizes economic benefits
Aug. 1, 2013
he Obama administration continues pounding for immigration reform this week, with White House officials releasing two separate reports on the economic benefits of overhaul legislation.
A volunteer gives a voter a sticker upon turning in their voter card at Bob Miller Middle School in Henderson
National Hispanic group rethinks voter turnout strategy
July 31, 2013
The National Council of La Raza, which was active in voter turnout campaigns in Las Vegas in 2012, is rethinking its strategy and the best use of its resources.
Shocker: House finally gets something right
July 27, 2013
It isn’t often that the House gets it right on immigration reform, at least not in recent years. Yet, it has done so with the Border Security Results Act of 2013, a sensible piece of legislation that has miraculously emerged from the Committee on Homeland Security and that strikes a fair balance between enforcement and fiscal responsibility.

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