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January 16, 2017

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  • Syrian refugee Ahmad Alkhalaf smiles Dec. 10, 2016, while playing with friends during a day camp for local Muslim children in Sharon, Mass. "Anything is possible in this world. You just have to believe in yourself," says Ahmad, whose arms were blown off above the elbows in a refugee camp bomb blast in 2014, which also killed three of his brothers.

    Armless Syrian boy thrives in US, hopes family can join him

    January 2, 2017

    Ahmad Alkhalaf has had a busy year. He attended Democratic President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address as a special guest of a congressman. He learned to bike and rollerblade, took martial arts and gymnastics classes and spent his summer playing soccer and swimming in a lake at a day camp in the Boston suburbs. And he received his first pair of prosthetic arms after his were blown off three years ago in a refugee camp bomb blast that also killed three of his siblings. But as the 11-year-old Syrian boy looks to another year in his adopted home, he says his dream is to be reunited with his mother and four surviving siblings, who are living in Istanbul ...

  • Obama has few options to protect young immigrants

    January 2, 2017

    Barack Obama is under pressure during his final weeks as president to do something — anything — to secure the future of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. as children who could face deportation under the Trump administration. His options appear few ...

  • Greg Mathis, senior pastor at Mud Creek Baptist Church, in his office at in Hendersonville, N.C., Dec. 15, 2016. Mathis, who has added a Spanish-language service on Sundays and had his book about Jesus translated into Spanish, supports Trump's talk of increasing border security.

    Fear of Muslims grips a North Carolina town that has hardly any

    December 27, 2016

    Jeff Miller, a dry cleaner owner who serves on the City Council in Hendersonville, North Carolina, was driving his green truck late Monday afternoon when news of the Christmas market attack in Berlin came on the radio. “I thought ...

  • President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has asked federal border protection officials for guidance on where a new wall separating the United States from Mexico could be erected, a Democratic congressman from Texas said on Dec. 22, 2016.

    Trump seeks path for Mexico barrier, but will it be a ‘big, beautiful wall’?

    December 23, 2016

    President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has asked federal border protection officials for guidance on where a new wall separating the United States from Mexico — a signature promise of Trump’s campaign — can be erected ...

  • Blanca Nienhaus, a Mexican immigrant who is an immigration advocate and founder of Latinos Unidos Promoviendo la Esperanza, at her home in Graham, N.C., Dec. 16, 2016. Immigration advocates have made a final plea to President Obama, arguing that he could use his pardon power to protect some green card holders with minor criminal records from deportation.

    A creative plea from immigrants, and a ticking clock for Obama

    December 22, 2016

    Confronting a tight deadline and armed with a creative legal argument, immigration advocates have made a final plea to President Barack Obama to shield up to 200,000 legal immigrants with minor criminal records from deportation. Drawing on constitutional framers ...

  • Cities, counties plan immigrant legal aid after Trump’s win

    December 20, 2016

    Major U.S. cities and counties are beefing up legal services for immigrants to help them fight deportation and avoid fraudulent lawyers in the wake of Donald Trump's election and his hard-line immigration enforcement promises ...

  • Interview with Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.  .

    Clark County sheriff shares insights on challenges of 2016

    December 12, 2016

    As a year that saw a spike in violent crime, legalization of recreational marijuana and the explosion of the immigration debate wraps up, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo gave the Las Vegas Sun’s ...

  • University of New Mexico student LuzHilda Campos, left, and Chicano studies professor Irene Vasquez, right, present a letter with hundreds of signatures to school president Bob Frank on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, asking him to declare the campus a "sanctuary university," in Albuquerque, N.M. A group of professors at the largest university in the nation's most Hispanic state are asking for more protection of immigrant students following the election of Republican Donald Trump.

    Universities exploring ‘sanctuary’ status for immigrants

    December 4, 2016

    Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves "sanctuary campuses" amid fears from immigrant students and pressure from activists following the election of Donald Trump ...

  • Patrons at Havana Grill, 8878 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 100, talk and watch television reports early Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in the aftermath of the news that former Cuban President Fidel Castro had died. Havana Grill is a hub for Cubans in Las Vegas.

    Cuban refugee in Las Vegas: ‘We can now hope’

    November 26, 2016

    “Some of us thought this day would never come and we would never live long enough to see that day. So it’s really just a remarkable night for us to know that he’s not here anymore," said 34-year-old Juan Alvarado, whose father fled Cuba for the U.S. in the …

  • Cracks emerge in Trump’s campaign promise on immigration

    November 13, 2016

    Donald Trump's tough-talking plan to rein in illegal immigration showed signs Sunday of cracking, with the president-elect backing off his vow to build a solid wall along the southern U.S. border and House Speaker Paul Ryan rejecting any "deportation force" targeting people in the country illegally ...

  • Michael Kagan, director of the Immigration Clinic at UNLV, said this week that Southern Nevada does not have enough resources to help immigrants who will be affected by a Trump presidency.

    Immigration advocates vigilant about changes, prepared for worst

    November 11, 2016

    Just how much of Donald Trump’s divisive vitriol and rhetoric on immigration translates to action against Nevada families remains to be seen, but the potential for major changes in policy forces attorneys and advocates to prepare ...

  • Cleyton Gonzalez, who manages La Choza restaurant, discusses the post-election political climate on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

    Pure fear’: Trump presidency has Las Vegas Hispanics worried about their future

    November 10, 2016

    One of the cornerstones of Donald Trump’s campaign was his hard-line stance on immigration, which included a proposal to deport undocumented immigrants like Sonya Hernandez of Las Vegas. Trump's election has left Hernandez unsure if she'll still be in the U.S. when her son returns from a ...

  • Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton talks with Dreamer activist Astrid Silva at Tacos El Gordo on East Charleston Boulevard before her rally in Las Vegas Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016.

    New Clinton ad features Las Vegas immigration activist

    October 12, 2016

    Local immigration activist and Dreamer Astrid Silva stars in Hillary Clinton’s latest Spanish-language ad, “Nevadense,” released today ahead of the Democratic presidential candidate’s visit to Las Vegas ...

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

    Wednesday speech could clarify Trump’s immigration policy

    August 29, 2016

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced Sunday he'll be making a speech on illegal immigration on Wednesday in Arizona, after a week of speculation that he might be softening his hard-line promise to deport 11 million people living in the United States illegally ...