[25 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
MIRA Response to Issue of Unaccompanied Minors Crossing the Border

At a news conference on Thursday, July 24, MIRA issued the following statement.
We need a humanitarian response to the crisis at the US/Mexico border — not expedited deportations.  Like climate change this crisis was created by bad decisions by our government that go back decades and can only be resolved by dealing with the root causes of migration.
The desperation of poverty, violence, and separation of families causes people to consider the dangerous journey from Central America to Texas without a visa.
Yet over 300,000 people a year have crossed the border …

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[26 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
Central American Refugee Children Reunited with Mississippi Families

Mississippi has received fewer than 200 of the unaccompanied immigrant children who crossed the U.S. border and were released to sponsors so far this year, but the war of words over such children continues within the state.
  Read the AP story published in the Clarion Ledger  here.

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[21 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
Migrant Crisis Expands North

Daniel Zamarripa loaded his police dog into the back of his patrol car and set out to track his quarry — immigrants circumventing the local Border Patrol checkpoint.
Zamarripa, 27, is one of 15 reserve deputies brought in to assist the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office, whose four deputies have lately found themselves overwhelmed by 911 calls from migrants stranded on the vast ranches that stretch from here to the horizon in all directions.
Then there are the bodies of migrants who didn’t make it to retrieve and identify: 42 so far this …

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[28 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Infamous “Bilbo” Statue in Room 113

The Legislative hearing on in-state tuition was held in Room 113, on the first floor of the Capitol building. There’s something unique about that room, and it isn’t a good thing—it’s a large bronze statue of infamous Mississippi Governor and U.S. Senator Theodore Bilbo (governor from 1916-1920, and 1928-32, and as US Senator 1935-1947 until he died), who was ultra-racist and a proud Klansman.
The statue had previously been housed in the 2nd floor rotunda of the capitol building, but Mississippi Governor William Winter fought for and finally had it removed …

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[28 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Key MIRA Board Members Retiring

March 28, 2014
Maria Jimenez (pictured here, photo courtesy of Free Press Houston), a longtime activist with farm workers in Texas, and a strong activist with immigrant workers’ issues across the southwest, is retiring from the MIRA board. She retires from the board in order to better focus on her current work.
Also retiring from the MIRA Board is Frank Curiel, who grew up with the farm workers’ movement and was involved in organizing grape and lettuce workers in California, and in organizing mushroom workers in Florida. He is now the Regional …

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[14 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Equal College Tuition for All Mississippi High School Graduates

by Jackie Castro-Cooper
March 14, 2014
The state of Mississippi has fairly educated all documented and undocumented children and shown no unfair policies. Our great state of Mississippi must continue to show this fairness and allow them the right to pay the same instate tuition as their peers with whom they graduated from high school.
Please sign the petition to tell the MS legislature and college board to allow all Mississippi high school graduates, including undocumented youth, that they have the same rights as all MS residents to pay instate tuition..This petition will …