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[28 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Hearing for In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students a Success

March 28, 2014
Adrian Gamboa has lived in Mississippi since he was twelve years old. In 2012, he graduated from high school in Biloxi, and had an ACT score that was high enough to earn college scholarships. Adrian was excited to attend college, but there was one problem—he is undocumented.
Mississippi students who are undocumented pay up to 3-4 times higher tuition than do legal residents (they’re required to pay out-of-state or even international tuition rates). For many, this means that college is unaffordable.
This is definitely the case for Adrian—at his school, …

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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 …

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[25 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
Update on Archer Avenue Attack: Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA) action pays off!

February 25, 2014
English version from La Noticia de Misisipi 2-19-14
Haz un clic aquí para leer el articulo en español, ubicada en pagina 2A 
After purchasing a home in south Jackson, the Lopez Rodriguez family began remodeling their new home.  It needed a lot of repairs.  Relatives of the family joined together to install a new tile floor, re-wire the entire house and fix the plumbing.  New drywall was fitted and nailed up.  A cousin, Arturo Fomperosa Rodriguez obtained a tourist visa to come from Mexico to Jackson to help out. They …

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[3 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
2014 Mississippi Legislative Session: Proposals Attacking Immigrants & Proposals Helping Immigrants

A report from the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA)
Once again there are two anti-immigrant proposals— one introduced in the Mississippi House of Representatives and one introduced into the Mississippi Senate as the session began on January 7th.  HB 1322 by Rep Andy Gipson (R) of Braxton and SB 2655 by Sen. Michael Watson (R) of Pascagoula. These bills are another attempt by Tea Party Republicans to make life miserable for immigrants so they will leave the state.
The first bill mandates E-Verify to be enforced with all employers with the goal of …

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[3 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
Court Hearing for Assaulted Latino Family—Join us in Support

Alert! Join us in supporting the Lopez & Rodriguez families in their effort to fight back against a case of brutal racial profiling.
A hearing on a motion to suppress evidence before Judge Dan Jordan, at the new Federal Court building at 501 E. Court St. in Jackson, will be held  at 1:00 pm this Wednesday, Feb.5th on the 5th floor, in  courtroom 5-A. Please join us in a show of solidarity for the families in the continuing effort to fight back against racial profiling in Jackson.
Early in the morning of Tuesday, …

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[17 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]
Violence Against Immigrants on the Rise

There’s a perception that immigrants (especially Latinos) carry cash. Not just a little cash, but several hundred dollars at a time. The perception is actually true in many cases, and that’s because most banks deny checking or savings accounts to anyone who does not have a social security number. As a result, many Latinos in our area have no way to manage their finances other than carrying their money, in cash form, in a wallet or purse.
Criminals intent on robbery and assault frequently go after Latinos, who are perceived as …

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[17 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]
Civic Engagement Day January 22

Our annual Civic Engagement Day at the State Capitol is next Wednesday, January 22nd. Come help us defend Human Rights for All
We’ll meet at the MIRA office (612 N. State Street, Jackson MS) at 10:00 AM for an update and orientation on the legislative session. We’ll prepare material and statements for when we meet with legislators at the state Capitol in the afternoon.
We’ll provide a lunch at 11:30, and then begin walking over to the Capitol at 12:15. Shortly after that, we’ll be joined by our allies for a big …

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[31 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]
Latino Family in MS brutally assaulted by US Marshals Fugitive Task Force

MIRA has requested an investigation by the Department of Justice to determine whether members of a United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force violated the civil rights of residents of a home on Archer Avenue in Jackson, Mississippi on December 3, 2013. 
Members of the task force went to Archer Avenue around 6 AM in search of Lucious Perkins, an African-American male, who was wanted for Capital Murder.
When the arrived at the home, rather than finding any suspect, the officers encountered a Mexican-American family engaged in getting their children ready for school. …

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[26 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
What Will Happen Should Senate Bill S. 744 Become Law?

The Dignity Campaign’s Response To The Immigration Reform Bill
As organizations participating in the Dignity Campaign for Immigration Reform Based on Human and Labor Rights, we are very concerned about the harsh impact the Senate’s immigration reform bill will have on immigrants.  Rather than ‘bring immigrants out of the shadows’ this bill will hold millions in an underclass, vulnerable to exploitation and relegated to the ranks of the working poor, with no access to basic services.  Millions will have no hope of receiving permanent legal status, let alone citizenship.
We believe this bill …

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[21 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
Supreme Court Strikes Down AZ Proof of Citizenship as Pre-Condition to Register to Vote

Analysis by Mike Sayer of Southern Echo
June 20, 2013
On June 17th, the US Supreme Court in a 7-2 decision (Thomas and Alito dissenting) held that the State of Arizona is pre-empted by the 1993 National Voter Registration Act from requiring persons to prove they are citizens as a precondition to registering to vote in federal elections.
This was a great victory for voting rights because it struck down the law in Arizona, and implicitly also struck down copycat laws in Georgia, Alabama and Kansas, each of which states had participated in …