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July 29, 2016

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  • Victor Flores, pictured June 10, 2016, worked a series of odd jobs and once slept on the floor of a restaurant where he worked before becoming the pitchman for La Bonita Supermarkets.

    Wow’ factor: La Bonita pitchman achieves his American dream

    July 5, 2016

    Before his face and signature pitch line of “Wow!” filled Las Vegas area television screens and the social media pages for one of the valley’s biggest specialty supermarket chains, La Bonita pitchman Victor Flores was like many immigrants to the United States, looking for hope and a new adventure. That new adventure wasn’t always easy. Between scrubbing floors, cleaning swimming pools and sleeping on the floor of a restaurant where ...

  • Viridiana Vidal, Nevada director of America's Voice, speaks on a panel on the economy Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce.

    Panelists: Language barrier holding back Hispanics financially

    June 28, 2016

    Higher wages, more formal education and a stronger connectivity with Nevada’s English-speaking community will drive future wealth among Nevada’s growing Hispanic population, business leaders and ...

  • Las Vegas immigration attorney Jocelyn Cortez explains the legal implications of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that scuttled President Barack Obama's execution actions to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

    After Supreme Court setback, immigration activists focus on upcoming elections

    June 23, 2016

    Saddened, disappointed, scared. Those are words Las Vegas immigration activists used to describe their emotions after a deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court today essentially deep-sixed President Barack Obama’s initiatives to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from ...

  • An applicant smiles during a citizenship drive workshop at the Painters Union on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Organizers have set a goal of helping 2,500 legal resident immigrants apply for citizenship this year.

    Is Trump fueling Southern Nevada’s citizenship drive?

    June 6, 2016

    A push by local organizations to help legal residents apply for U.S. citizenship ahead of the November election has borne fruit. Federal immigration officials reported that 3,000 legal residents living in the Las Vegas area applied for citizenship in the first three months of the year — the most applications received by the local field office since at least late 2009 and also up ...

  • Immigration officers arrest 87 in Las Vegas, Reno areas

    May 16, 2016

    Convicted drug traffickers and street gang members were among 87 foreign nationals arrested in the Reno and Las Vegas areas last week during an operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement targeting ...

  • Peter Guzman is president of the Latin Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas.

    For Hispanic business community, there’s strength in numbers

    April 25, 2016

    Peter Guzman, the president of the Latin Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, talks about the roadblocks Hispanic businesspeople face, and how to overcome them, as well as his priorities with the chamber and the Hispanic community’s growing influence in local and national politics.

  • La Bonita pitchman Victor Flores holds a sign for “El Arbol” (The Tree) during a game of lotería at Texas Station.

    Mexican version of bingo attracts new faces to local casinos

    April 25, 2016

    Las Vegans Alex and Marco Ponce have fond memories of lotería, a game their Mexican-born parents taught them and that the brothers grew up playing in Huntington Beach, Calif. Texas Station and Boulder Station began offering nightly lotería this month. If the response is high enough, it could become a staple ...

  • Educators, activists lobby for Hispanic studies

    March 14, 2016

    When a Colorado teacher got her English language students talking and writing about the police shooting of a black teen in Ferguson, Mo., she was able to draw parallels to events close to home ...

  • Santiago Gudino-Rosales, center, a freshman at UNLV and a Bernie Sanders supporter, recruits Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, on campus. The fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination is giving Nevada’s Hispanics a chance to draw attention to their priorities.

    Young Latinos power both Democrats in Nevada caucus campaign

    February 16, 2016

    Liz Hernandez learned what deportation was at age 5, when immigration officers burst into her home and hauled away her father and four uncles. Five years later, after a brief return to Mexico in a failed attempt to start a family farm, she and her mother, younger sister and infant brother crossed the desert ...

  • An unidentified protester, left, argues with U.S. citizen Lupillo Rivera, brother of Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera, as three buses carrying 140 immigrants attempt to enter the Murrieta U.S. Border Patrol station for processing Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

    Why America needs immigrants (especially Nevada)

    February 8, 2016

    Donald Trump would have you believe that Mexican immigrants, as a general rule, bring drugs and crime into the United States and are rapists. And millions of Trump’s fellow citizens have no problem accepting that broad-brush characterization as fact: Sixteen percent of Americans think ...

  • John Legend and Juanes arrive to perform in front of a detention center Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Eloy, Ariz. Legend and Juanes played two songs each separately and one together at the facility to draw attention to immigration.

    John Legend and Juanes perform outside Arizona jail

    January 21, 2016

    Colombian musician Juanes and singer John Legend met immigrants at a jail in Arizona on Wednesday before performing for a small crowd outside the facility to draw attention to ...

  • Reno church giving sanctuary for immigrants in U.S. illegally

    January 18, 2016

    A Reno church is joining a growing movement among places of worship offering sanctuary to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

  • Reno attorney Steve Brazelton sits in his office Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Reno as he calls his clients Jose Isabel and Maria Esparza in Cuachtemoc, Mexico. The couple has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Reno against the U.S. State Department challenging denial of a visa for Maria to join her husband living and working in Nevada. They've been trying to obtain the visa since 1994.

    Nevada case claims unfair enforcement of immigration law

    December 12, 2015

    Jose Isabel Esparza laughs at the thought that his wife, a 65-year-old grandmother living on their meager farm outside Mexico City, might be smuggling people illegally into the United States ...

  • In this photo made Monday, Nov. 29, 2015, Syrian refugee Maryam al Jaddou, center, looks on as her children twins Maria, left, and Hasan, sit with her at their apartment in Dallas. The 30-year-old al Bashar al Jaddou decided to leave Syria in 2012 after his family’s home in Homs was bombed and there was nowhere safe left to live.

    Syrian refugees welcomed by agencies despite states’ fight

    December 9, 2015

    Days before a family of six Syrian refugees was to arrive in Texas, the furniture and supplies for their apartment were ready ...