[12 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]
11 Bad Bills

March 12, 2015
HB 1216—Rep John Moore, R, Brandon; “Prohibits the application of foreign laws in Mississippi”

HB 1187—Rep Becky Currie, R, Brookhaven; “Employment Protection Act” (The same bill she has introduced to make work illegal)
HB 1218—Rep Mark Baker, R, Brandon; “Prohibits the use & enforcement of foreign laws in judicial proceedings”
HB 1300—Rep Becky Currie, R, Brookhaven; “Increases fines for human trafficking,” (A punitive bill aimed at immigrants and people transporting immigrants whether to church, the doctor’s office, anywhere else)
SB 2015—Sen Billy Hudson, R, Hattiesburg; “Persons providing false information when applying for …

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[12 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]
Civic Engagement Day Builds Support for In-State Tuition; Gathers Allies to Defeat Anti-Immigrant Legislation

March 12, 2015
On January 21, 2015, members of the Latino community (including people from Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport and Jackson) joined MIRA and many other human rights organizations to be part of Civic Engagement Day. The group consisted of civil & human rights leaders, union leaders, church members, students, mothers, business owners, and workers. The message delivered to the capitol was “We are tired of racist and anti-immigrant laws!”
There are over 200,000 immigrants living in MS and it is estimated that a third of these are American citizens, which means they are entitled …

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[12 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]
Alert: ACA’s effect on Undocumented Immigrants

By Gary Delgado,  The Alliance for a Just Society

March 12, 2015
Although undocumented people are clearly ineligible for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, many of them are facing penalties for not having healthcare when they file their taxes.
MIRA Organizer Aida Martinez-Bone spoke with immigrant workers across Mississippi and learned that they were being charged penalties for not enrolling in the ACA. “I first heard about it in Laurel, said Martinez-Bone. “A undocumented family showed us their tax forms and pointed to the line where they had been charged $204.00 for …

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[12 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
MIRA Welcomes New Gulf Coast Organizer

January 12, 2015
MIRA welcomes Aida Martinez Bone as an Organizer who will now work out of the MIRA Biloxi office. Formerly from Mexico, Aida is a seasoned organizer working with Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), and a major union in California. Having lived in Mississippi during the passed few years, she has volunteered with MIRA during that time.
She will be covering the southern counties of Harrison, Jackson, Hancock, Jones, and Forrest counties. Currently Aida is focused on organizing and mobilizing for the 2015 MIRA Civic Engagement Day to bring a …

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[12 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Details on the Tuition Equity Bill

January 12,2 2015
Proposed Legislation: Amend section 37-103-25 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 to provide all Mississippi students affordable access to in state tuition and scholarships at state institutions of higher learning. A major effort by MIRA and the Mississippi ACLU. 
The Problem:
Tuition equity would grant in-state rates to students entering the university system who have met certain criteria, such as attendance or graduation from a Mississippi high school. Currently, twenty states have embraced tuition equity. These states have all realized that denying access to college to any qualified high school …

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[13 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]
Critical Funds Needed to Engage 2015 Legislative Session

November 11, 2014
Mississippi is flush with some of the very worst legislators for immigrant rights. We know that the fight over immigration is going to get ugly in 2015, and we desperately need your financial support to help us defend and expand immigrant rights. 
Each year, we gather together with immigrants, friendly legislators, social justice and workers rights activists, and religious & community leaders for a Civic Engagement Day at the Mississippi state Capitol. It’s a time when we can make a public demonstration of the need for immigration reform, and …