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[25 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]
2017 Mississippi Legislative Session

January 25, 2017
Bills both good & bad affecting all workers native born and immigrants

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[25 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]
A Track Record of Hard-Fought Victories for Human and Immigrant Rights

January 25, 2017
Since its founding 16 years ago, MIRA has organized with immigrants and allies across Mississippi to oppose anti-immigrant / anti-worker legislative proposals – leading to the defeat of over 270 such bills. With participation from the Mississippi Black Legislative Caucus, Southern Echo, unions, churches, the NAACP, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, the Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights, the MS ACLU and many others, we have defeated all Arizona/Alabama style anti-immigrant proposals in our state.

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[16 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]
MIRA’s New Digs

November 14, 2016
MIRA has a new office. We have moved from our office of 10 years at 612 N. State Street in downtown Jackson, up the street in to the northern Fondren area between Meadowbrook and North Side to 4436 North State Street, Suite A-1, Jackson.

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[16 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]
Expect Attacks on the Human Rights of Immigrants and Migrant Workers Beginning in January.

 

Courtesy WLBT 3 / msnewsnow.com

 
November 14, 2016 

DACA Youth: Trump said that he would end President Obama’s executive order setting up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for youth who came to the U.S. as children. It may be ended abruptly. This is a federal program allowing qualified undocumented youth to apply for deferred action on possible deportation and giving them work authorization and educational opportunities in two-year renewable segments. They will lose jobs and scholarships that allowed many of them to attend college and start careers. They will …

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[16 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]
Hang tough. Stand up. Fight Back!

November 14, 2016
The U.S Presidential election results have shocked many and triggered widespread fear in immigrant families. The new President has a laundry list of vicious proposals to attack immigrants and migrant workers. He plans to act immediately, and this will have a direct effect on Mississippi. Bigoted Mississippi legislators have introduced some 292 anti-immigrant bills for consideration in the last decade. MIRA members and their allies have joined together to successfully defeat them. Now these politicians will be emboldened to ramp up their attacks—so we must organize to fight back!

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[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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[5 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]
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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[5 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]
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.