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People head into the Department of Motor Vehicles office on East Sahara Avenue Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. DMV offices were busier than usual Thursday as many undocumented immigrants applied for Nevada Driver Authorization cards. Applications for the new card, which will allow undocumented immigrants to drive legally in Nevada, began today.
Applications for driver's authorization cards remain brisk
Jan. 9, 2014
After a week of taking applications, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has issued 830 driver's authorization cards and learner's permits.
Government says deportations down 10 percent, percentage of criminal deportees up
Dec. 19, 2013
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 368,644 people from the country in fiscal year 2013, down approximately 10 percent from fiscal year 2012.
Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a rally at the Culinary Academy in Las Vegas on Thursday, October 18, 2012.
Biden to participate in online immigration discussion, Hispanic organizations issue midterm congressional report card
Dec. 11, 2013
With the debate over broad immigration reform inevitably moving into 2014 and advocates regrouping for the next congressional session, Vice President Joe Biden will participate in a live Internet discussion on immigration this afternoon. Biden and Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, will take questions from the public on immigration in an online forum hosted by internet communication service Skype and search engine Bing from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Theresa Navarro, right, and Bob Fulkerson, to her left, participate in a pro-immigration reform sit-in outside House Speaker John Boehner's office in the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, July 31, 2013.
In brief: Boehner hires immigration adviser; fast on National Mall reaches 22 days
Dec. 3, 2013
As the Dec. 12 end of the U.S. House of Representatives' 2013 session inches closer, immigration-reform advocates are hoping for progress while House leaders are offering little concrete information on when debate on the issue will begin.
Sergio Osorio, director of Federation of United Michoacan Clubs of Nevada, addresses the media at a press conference Thursday Nov. 21, 2013 calling for an investigation of Herbalife, a nutrional supplement company that uses independent distributors to sell products and create new networks of distributors. Osorio and other Hispanic leaders have said the company is misleading its distributors about the potential earnings.
Groups urge investigation of Herbalife for promises made to Hispanic distributors
Nov. 21, 2013
A trio of organizations serving the Hispanic community says nutritional supplement company Herbalife is misleading independent distributors, promising profits that are all but unattainable, and they have asked Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto to investigate the multinational company.
People wait to be called to a counter Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at the Department of Motor Vehicles office on East Sahara Avenue.
D.C. approves licenses for undocumented immigrants
Nov. 19, 2013
The Mexican Consulate will host an informational meeting on Thursday on the new driver's authorization cards. Nevada is one of 11 states that allows residents to drive regardless of their immigration status. Washington, D.C., approved a similar measure this week.
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., center, walks to a Republican caucus at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
Immigration in brief: House whip says no time to pass reform in 2013; advocates continue to press
Nov. 12, 2013
With 16 days left in the 2013 congressional session, some politicians are already writing immigration reform's obituary, at least for this year. Reform advocates, however, are still hoping something passes before the holiday recess.
Melrose Family Fashion, a Texas-based company targeting Hispanic consumers, opened its first store in the Las Vegas Valley on Oct. 25 at 2335 E. Lake Mead Blvd. The company plans to keep expanding into Nevada, and its second Southern Nevada store will open before the end of November.
Texas-based family clothing store enters Las Vegas market
Nov. 7, 2013
Melrose Family Fashions, which made its entry into the Southern Nevada market in late October, is not just sticking its toe in the water. The Texas-based clothing store is doing a cannonball into the Las Vegas Valley with more stores on the way. Geared toward the Hispanic market, Melrose opened its first store in the area Oct. 25 at 2335 E. Lake Mead Blvd. The North Las Vegas launch included a ribbon-cutting and a raffle for a shopping spree.
This Oct. 2, 2012, file photo shows U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling the border fence near Naco, Ariz.
Immigration in brief: Obama meets with businesses; Border Patrol rejects changes
Nov. 5, 2013
President Barack Obama met today with business leaders, including representatives from McDonald's, Lockheed Martin and Marriott, to discuss immigration reform.
Immigration supporters target GOP House members seen as amenable to reform
Oct. 22, 2013
With the federal shutdown over, immigration-reform advocates are getting a message out to Congress, especially its Republican members: Now is the time to pass immigration legislation and prove Capitol Hill still can function. Armed with polls targeting specific congressional districts of GOP House members who are seen as flexible on the issue, a coalition of immigration-reform supporters is telling the lawmakers that leading the way on legislation will help, not harm, them politically.
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.
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.
UNLV researchers Shawn Gerstenberger and Jennifer Berger with some of the hot sauces they tested for lead Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
UNLV research puts heat on FDA to more tightly regulate hot sauce imports
July 18, 2013
In a first-of-its-kind study, UNLV researchers examining imported hot sauces are recommending greater regulation and further testing after they found lead concentrations in some brands exceeded U.S. standards established for other food items.
Barbara Teixeira, right, asks a question to U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev. during a Town Hall at Windmill Library in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.
As immigration debate heads to House, lawmakers targeted with polls, ads
July 9, 2013
From the recent all-out blitz of advocacy advertisements targeting GOP congressman on immigration reform, it would be easy to mistake 2013 for a major election year. Although, according to some recent polling, it may behoove some members of the House of Representatives to act like they are facing re-election a year early.

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