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[26 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Statement of Familia Latina Unida on the Supreme Court Arizona decision

Statement of Familia Latina Unida

June 26, 2012
The Supreme Court Decision strikes down most of the hated Arizona law. It stated strongly that immigration policy was in the hands of the federal government-not the states.
It left in place – and undecided – the part of the law that allows local police to ask people for papers if people are stopped for some other reason. The court said that local law enforcement would do this because they were invited to do this by the federal government, referencing the Obama administration 287g  and secure …

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[26 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
David Bacon, friend of MIRA and author of “Illegal People,” responds to Supreme Court Ruling

excerpt from the author’s new book, The Right Not to Migrate
June 26, 2012
In the meantime, workplace raids and firings have become part of an overall program for increasing immigration enforcement. One of its most bitterly fought elements is the growing connection between police departments and immigration authorities. Under President Bush, the federal government began implementing “287g” agreements, under which local police departments shared information and turned over to immigration agents people arrested for even minor traffic violations.
In a federal program called “Secure Communities” ICE  began signing agreements with state and …

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[26 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Attorney Mike Sayer from Southern Echo gives a closer legal analysis

June 26, 2012
The US Supreme Court decision in Arizona v. US, which struck down 3 of the 4 contested provisions in SB 1070, the Arizona anti-immigrant law, should be seen as an extraordinary victory for the people of this nation, and especially for those who toiled so hard at such risk to fight the law.
There has been much hand-wringing over the failure of the Court to hold unconstitutional the “Your papers, please!” provision, Section 2(b) of the law.  Let’s take a look at what the Court actually did and did not do regarding Section 2(b).
The …

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[26 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Tide has already turned in Mississippi against  “Show Me Your Papers”

Statement by the Mississippi ACLU
June 26, 2012
The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court today to overturn the injunction on one of the key parts of S.B. 1070, Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, shows just how out of touch the Court is with reality, said Bear Atwood, Legal Director of the ACLU of Mississippi. “The people of Arizona will be at risk of racial profiling as they must now wait to see how their own state court will interpret the law before the federal courts can rule on preemption.”
Mississippi has already rejected Arizona’s …

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[26 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
MIRA’s Response to the Supreme Court Decision on SB1070

Statement read by Bill Chandler, MIRA Executive Director
June 26, 2012
The United States Supreme Court correctly struck down wrongheaded policies that would have pushed families, workers, and senior citizens into the criminal justice system.  But the Court made a grave error in upholding the discriminatory “show me your papers” provision that violates people’s basic rights.  The justices are out of touch with what this law means in Arizona and where this section has been enacted.
Racial profiling and its consequences has always been a severe problem nationwide for African Americans.  As immigrants, …

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[25 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
President Obama’s Immigration Order, Reminiscent of Emancipation Proclamation

by Dr. Ivory Phillips, Jackson Advocate Contributing Editor
Member, MIRA Board of Directors
Last week President Barack Obama issued an executive order that halted the deportation of a group of young immigrants to this country. In many ways the order reminded the writer of the
Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln nearly 150 years ago. The order enables individuals to be eliminated from deportation under a particular set of conditions.
The conditions include:
– having come to the United States before the age of 16;
– being below the age of 30;
– having resided continuously …

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[25 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Supreme Court Decision on Arizona SB 1070 Expected as Early as Monday

Be Prepared: the United States Supreme Court decision on Arizona v. United States will be announced this week!
On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Arizona v. United States  (11-182), a case considering  the constitutionality of SB 1070, the Arizona immigration enforcement law commonly referred to as the “Show Me Your Papers” law.  At issue in this case is whether federal immigration laws “pre-empt” (or trump) several provisions of Arizona’s law that are designed to drive undocumented immigrants from the state.  The Supreme Court will end …

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[25 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
URGENT: Supreme Court Decision Has Been Made

June 25, 2001
In response to the United States Supreme Court decision regarding the U.S. Justice Department’s suit over the Arizona anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, MIRA, NAACP, ACLU, and other civil rights organizations will hold a news conference in the MIRA Office, 612 N. State St., Jackson, Mississippi at 2:00 pm today.
For further information:
Bill Chandler, MIRA 601-968-5182
Bear Atwood, ACLU 601-354-3408

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[21 Jun 2012 | One Comment | ]
We Welcome Promise to Stop the Deportation of (Some) Young Immigrants

Safety and Security for All Immigrants Still a Dream
Statement by the National Network for Immigrants and Refugee Rights (of which MIRA is an Affiliate)
June 15, 2012
We welcome President Obama’s decision to stop the deportations of over a million immigrant youth who may be eligible under terms described today. We hope this will be a first step towards ending the punishment of all undocumented immigrants and the separation of families.
We congratulate the tens of thousands of youths, their families, friends and allies who have fought for over a decade for relief …

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[21 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Dramatic Shift in Immigration Policy

by Bill Chandler, Exec. Director
June 15, 2012

The Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance applauds the announcement by the Obama Administration that it will grant deferred action to undocumented youth who were brought to the United States as small children and who have been raised and educated in communities around the country.
This policy change will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation.  It also by-passes Congress and partially achieves the goals of the DREAM Act, which began as a bi-partisan proposal over a decade ago that included Sen. …