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September 27, 2016

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  • Karla Ortiz, 11, left, and mother, Francisca Ortiz, wave after speaking during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016.

    New Clinton ad featuring Nevada girl highlights family issues

    August 19, 2016

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is up today with a new ad in Nevada and six other battleground states highlighting her plan for families and specifically ...

  • U.S. Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto, center, laughs while speaking with people May 31, 2016, at a campaign event at a restaurant in Las Vegas.

    Cortez Masto meets with families who fear deportation

    August 11, 2016

    Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto met for lunch Wednesday with families who live in the shadow of deportation, drawing parallels between their stories and her own family's immigrant roots. "Your story is no different than mine ...

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Friday, July 29, 2016, in Denver.

    Trump backers claim shift in his immigration rhetoric

    August 1, 2016

    As he turns his attention to the general election, Donald Trump is signaling that he is ready to tone down his fiery rhetoric on illegal immigration — at least behind closed doors. At the same time, Republican officials appear eager to ...

  • Dreamer Astrid Silva speaks during the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) Presidential Candidate Forum at the Linq Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015.

    Nevadans to speak at Democratic convention on immigration

    July 18, 2016

    Three Nevadans will appear at the Democratic National Convention next week in Philadelphia to share their experiences with immigration. Local activist and Dreamer Astrid Silva will appear ...

  • 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 ...