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September Advocacy Meeting Yields Important Results

12 Setembro 2014 No Comment

Setembro 12, 2014

Tension over immigration is ramping up again in Mississippi – spearheaded by Governor Bryant’s hateful stance towards the refugee children – and will likely come to a fever pitch during the 2015 Legislative Session. Each fall, we begin planning, organizing, and mobilizing to fight back against the anti-immigrant camp, and this year is no exception. Our September Advocacy Meeting (which was held on the 10th of September) had a great turnout and we were able to take key steps towards preparation for the 2015 Legislature.

Representative Jim Evans (MIRA’s President) and Representative Greg Holloway (a major ally of MIRA) were both in attendance, and we discussed two legislative issues that we will tackle in an effort to create some POSITIVE change for Mississippi’s immigrants: In-State Tuition for Undocumented High School Graduates and Worker’s Compensation Reform.

During the 2014 sessão legislativa, Representative Reecy Dickson introduced HB209, an act that would amend Mississippi law to allow in-state college tuition for undocumented students. The bill died in committee, but it set an important precedent – and we are excited to see the possibilities of what may happen in 2015.

During our Advocacy meeting, we discussed the In-State Tuition bill and various ways of improving and strengthening it. Members will be reviewing it and adding their ideas over the coming weeks, and we will assemble everyone’s thoughts in our October Advocacy Meeting (to be held October 8 at 12PM in our Jackson office).

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