Elizabeth Mendez

Elizabeth is a freelance Washington contributor for San José Spotlight.

She grew up in East Side San Jose and attended Santa Clara University before moving to the East Coast to study journalism at Columbia.

She is most interested in doing stories that highlight injustice and show how policies impact families and their communities.

Prior to moving to Washington, Elizabeth covered the 2016 election with Telemundo’s political unit in Miami and worked as an assignment editor for Al Jazeera America in New York.

Immigrants in Washington and San Jose await fate amid Supreme Court hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Supreme Court Justices on Tuesday heard oral arguments from lawyers on behalf of government and immigration advocates over the legality of President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program. Members of the public who wanted to witness the highly-anticipated hearing started forming a line outside the...

Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on DACA

WASHINGTON, D.C — The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in cases that could decide the future of DACA recipients on Tuesday. Three cases, Trump v. NAACP, McAleenan v. Vidal and the Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, have been consolidated into one, where the Supreme Court justices are asked...

San Jose congresswoman proposes farmworker immigration bill

San Jose Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren on Wednesday announced a new bill, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, that would give undocumented workers in the agricultural industry a path to legal status. Farmworkers who could prove they’ve worked in agriculture and will continue to work in agriculture could qualify for permanent legal status. In an exclusive interview...

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