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Victoria Ruiz (with certificate) shared her story of life in Las Vegas without legal residency during a ceremony Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in which she received a scholarship to cover the cost of applying for the deferred action for childhood arrival program. The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada had a fundraiser to gather the money to pay for the applications for three immigrants. The other winners were Julius Chavez, second from left, and Fernando Escoto, middle. Desarae Pendavis, far right, participated in the "Drags for Dreams" fundraiser and helped present the awards.
Politicians dig in as immigration debate heats up
June 12, 2013
Debate over immigration reform is in full swing, and the political jabs are flying back and forth.


A bipartisan group of leading senators announce that they have reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation's immigration laws, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. From left are Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Battle for votes begins as Senate prepares to debate immigration bill
May 30, 2013
Sen. Harry Reid believes the immigration reform bill will get 60 votes, but the Senate's 'Gang of Eight' hopes for message-sending 70-vote supermajority.


Indio beer, brewed by Heineken-owned Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery, first came to a select group of U.S. markets in 2012, and now will be sold in stores in Las Vegas. The beer dates back to 1893, and the old label (left) has gotten a modern update.
Beers once exclusive to Mexico are crossing the border
May 13, 2013
Indio, first brewed in Mexico in 1893, rolled out in the United States in 2012 in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Now, the beer will be available in Tucson, Phoenix and Las Vegas.


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is joined by Congressman Steven Horsford, left, and Congresswoman Dina Titus as he speaks during a May Day rally for comprehensive immigration reform in downtown Las Vegas Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The event started at the George Federal Building downtown, then marchers traveled south on Las Vegas Boulevard, finishing with a rally at St. Louis Square near the Stratosphere.
This week in the life of 2013 immigration reform
May 11, 2013
The Heritage Foundation this week released a report on the projected costs of immigration reform to U.S. taxpayers that, while met with strong rebuttal, managed to dominate much of the discussion on immigration this week.


A bipartisan group of leading senators announce that they have reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation's immigration laws, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. From left are Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. The deal covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.
Opponents, supporters of 'Gang of Eight' proposal weigh in
April 18, 2013
A collection of what people from all sides, both locally and nationally, are saying about the U.S. Senate 'Gang of Eight' proposal on immigration reform.


A woman waves a flag next to a painting of a crying Statue of Liberty at a rally for immigration reform Saturday, April 10, 2010 outside the Lloyd George Federal Building.
Reid featured in immigration video; Cortez Masto backs reform; more
April 11, 2013
In a busy week for immigration news Sen. Harry Reid stars in video produced by Senta Democrats, Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto signs a letter supporting immigration reform and May Day march plans in Las Vegas get underway.


Miguel Curiel, right, leads his guitar class as the students practice Thursday, April 4, 2013. Curiel offers free weekly guitar lessons to the unemployed with opportunities to perform at events.
Guitar lessons for unemployed offer more than just pickin'
April 9, 2013
It is 8 a.m. Thursday on a quiet residential street in northeast Las Vegas. One house stands out from the rest of the cream and beige single-story homes. In the back room, Miguel Curiel, 62, is giving his free weekly guitar class for the unemployed. Wearing a tie with a violin, trumpet and piano printed on it and a long wooden cross necklace, he swings a conductor’s baton to keep the class in time.


Immigration in brief: News from Capitol Hill and elsewhere as immigration reform moves forward
April 4, 2013
Right now immigration is more at the forefront of public policy discussion than at any time since the debate over immigration reform in 2007. Here is a round up of the latest in immigration news.


Report: Immigration policy touches many sectors, draws varied lobbying interests
March 27, 2013
A new report from the Sunlight Foundation explores lobbying on immigration issues from various organizations, and helps to explain why a comprehensive reform package has been elusive.
The U.S. Department of State monthly visa bulletin showing wait times for various classes of family-sponsored visas. This bulletin for Feb. 2013 shows the Filipino brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens have wait times over two decades.
Immigration 'lines' vary widely in length
Feb. 26, 2013
With immigration reform's rise to the top of the agenda on Capitol Hill, there has been much discussion about immigrants residing in the country illegally "getting in line."


Data dump: Nevada's Hispanic population grows steadily but isn't fastest in U.S.
Feb. 20, 2013
Nevada is home to the 14th largest Hispanic population in the country, according to new data released by the Pew Research Center.
Immigration march planned for Sunday
Feb. 19, 2013
A march in support of reforming the U.S. immigration system is planned for Sunday in downtown Las Vegas.


Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with President Barack Obama before the start of the third presidential debate on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla.
GOP tough talk on immigration turned off Hispanic voters in 2012
Jan. 23, 2013
In a postmortem analysis of the 2012 presidential election, polling firm Latino Decisions suggested Wednesday that while President Barack Obama did extremely well among Hispanic voters, Democrats cannot be complacent about that segment of the population and Republicans have room for growth with Hispanic voters, especially if they collaborate with their colleagues across the aisle on immigration reform.


Charlie Minn
Final documentary in Mexican drug war trilogy opens in Vegas
Jan. 17, 2013
Charlie Minn has spent the last three years filming documentaries in Juarez, enough time to see the city come full circle from murder capital of the world to a city with above average, but not outlandish, crime figures.
A child Chinelo, dancer, looks on during rehearsals for Comparza Morelense's, a cultural dance troupe from Las Vegas, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. The troupe has been invited to perform at President Obama's inauguration parade on January 21.
Las Vegas dance troupe to perform in Inaugural Parade
Jan. 10, 2013
In the past two years the Las Vegas dance troupe Comparza Morelense has quadrupled in size and gone from dancing at birthday parties and first communions to winning multiple parade trophies and performing in November at the Latin Grammys. Despite the rapid rise in the group’s popularity, no one expected the invite that arrived Dec. 20. In fact, some members of the group demanded to see proof the White House had indeed requested they participate in the parade at the 57th presidential inauguration.


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