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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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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. …

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In Profile: Father Jerry Tobin

Father Jerry Tobin was ordained into the ministry in the1960s in Chicago. He was a young man then, and found himself totally taken aback by the Civil Rights movement that was rising up around him. He describes that he, like most white people at the time, was kept totally ignorant of the injustices and inequalities that African-Americans faced. He realized that it was time to educate himself. Although he was already working with two parishes in African American communities, he decided that he wanted to take a more strategic approach to social …