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[10 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
Detained Mississippi immigrant released

March 10, 2017
A Mississippi immigrant who made national headlines when she was detained after speaking out a news conference has been released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.
Daniela Vargas, 22, was released Friday under an Order of Supervision from the LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, Louisiana, according to her attorney, Abby Peterson with Elmore & Peterson Law Firm.
“We want to see her, we want to lay eyes on her,” the firm’s Nathan Elmore said of Vargas.

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[3 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
Who is Daniela Vargas?

by Sarah Fowler
March 3, 2017
Courtesy Clarion-Ledger
 
Daniela Vargas, 22, who has been in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy, was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Wednesday morning, and now could be deported without a hearing in two to three weeks, her attorney said.

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[1 Mar 2017 | 2 Comments | ]
Mississippi DREAMer Arrested after Press Conference

by Sarah Fowler
March 3, 2017
Courtesy Clarion-Ledger
Moments after an immigrant spoke out about her fears of deportation, she was detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
Daniela Vargas, 22, was detained by ICE agents Wednesday morning, shortly after speaking at a news conference in downtown Jackson, according to her attorney, Abby Peterson.
The news conference was hosted by local immigration attorneys, churches and the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance to bring attention to families impacted by deportation.

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[15 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]
Two arrested in Jackson immigration raid

by David Kenney
February 15th 2017
Courtesy WLOX
Tears stream down the face of Danielle Vargas, after she says ICE agents raided her home, taking her father Daniel and her brother Allen away.
She says they entered their west Jackson home unannounced Wednesday, and turned everything upside down.
“I’ve been here for 17 years and this is the most scared I’ve ever been,” Vargas said, with her voice trembling. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t know what happens in the next 30 minutes. I just want to see my Dad.”

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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 | One 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, …