Waves of Latino immigrants have introduced the quinceañera or "Sweet 15" into the American mainstream. It's often a glitzy affair with rituals to mark a girls transition into womanhood. As the Latino population in Las Vegas has grown over the past decade, so has the business of quinceañeras. Families empty their pockets to throw a party, sometimes bigger than a wedding, for their little girls.
Now immigrants in the country illegally with close family ties to military personnel can stay here without fear of deportation and work toward permanent legal status. But this new policy appears in conflict with an increasingly common practice in many branches of the military that explicitly bans applicants who have unauthorized immigrant dependents.
Late last week, a judge in federal court in Phoenix dismissed the lawsuit against six ATF employees and a prosecutor, ruling in part that, because the family already receives death benefits following Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder, compensation has already been made.