[5 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]
Legislative Update: Victory against discriminatory SB 2306

August 5
When the legislature brought up SB 2306, we knew it was dangerous, bad for local communities, and bad for Mississippi. The bill aimed to create a limitless mandate on law enforcement agencies in the state to “assist” federal government in the enforcement of immigration laws, and it did so without providing any source of funding. It would have prohibited the establishment of sanctuary cities, and have exposed local agencies to series liability issues.
As a direct result of our Civic Engagement Day, protest actions with Cooperation Jackson and other allies, …

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[5 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]
MIRA Organizer Melinda Medina traveled to DC in support of DACA / DAPA

August 5, 2016
In April, Melinda Medina and MIRA members Esequiel Gamboa, Jesus Mateos, and Jesus Mateos Jr traveled to Washington, DC along with the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ) and Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. They were present outside the US Supreme Court on the day that the DACA / DAPA case was argued, to show solidarity and support. Here are Melinda’s thoughts about that day:
“The rally took place right in front of the Supreme Court and MIRA volunteers raised funds so that we could take some supporters …

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Supreme Court Ruling on DAPA / DACA is Deplorable

August 5, 2016
Press release from MIRA partner organization, NNIRR
The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights joins members and allies in deploring the U.S. Supreme Court’s tied decision on President Obama’s proposal to bring temporary relief from deportation for upwards of 5 million undocumented immigrants.
The 4-4 Supreme Court ruling means a lower court’s injunction against the implementation of the proposed programs — “expanded DACA” and “DAPA” — will remain in place. Instead of giving relief and a modicum of justice to millions of migrants and their families, the ruling, in …

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[5 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]
Mississippi AG conducts a string of attacks on immigrants​

August 5, 2016
On May 26th, Mississippi’s Attorney General Jim Hood announced he had conducted yet another raid on Latino immigrants, arresting 12 workers on construction sites. He used inflammatory language such as “identity fraud” to describe the reasons for the raid and arrests, and used the “i” word to describe the workers (which, to Latinos, is just as hateful as the “n” word).
This is the third such raid that Jim Hood has conducted and announced publicly. His messages incite anti-immigrant, racist feelings in Mississippi, and this sequence of raids is starting to look …

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Mississippi workers face high rate of death, injury on the job

August 5, 2016
MIRA is actively working to address this issue – including joining in the April 28th Worker’s Memorial Day observance. Workers in Mississippi experience two times the national rate for injury and deaths on the job. Due to their vulnerability and lack of recourse, immigrants have an even higher rate of injury and death than do typical workers. On-the-job injuries is one of the top issues facing workers, second only to the issue of pay and adequate compensation.

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[3 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]
Voter Registration Drive

August 3, 2016
MIRA is a launching a concentrated voter-registration drive ahead of the October 2016 deadline to participate in the November general election. This election cycle stands to have tremendous impact for immigrants, workers, and people of color in general, so it’s critical that we have strong voter turnout among these communities. Once our voter registration drive is complete, we’ll start with a targeted Get-Out-The-Vote effort.