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[1 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Immigration helps our economy

by Steve Tobocman and John Austin
July 20, 2017
Courtesy The Detroit News
Immigration has dominated local news of late, from the so-called “Muslim” travel ban to the potential deportation of Iraqi Chaldean Christians who may face ethnic violence if deported. These are headline-grabbing issues and unfortunate value statements about what Americans aspire to be as a nation — presenting an America in fear and disengaging from the world. But what has been undeniably missing from the headlines is an analysis and discussion of the negative economic impacts provoked by Trump’s immigration policies.

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[1 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
The Immigration Effect

By Lena Groeger
July 19, 2017
Courtesy of ProPublica

President Trump has promised to increase U.S. economic growth – in fact, he’s banking on it. The budget he proposed to Congress in May assumes a 3 percent growth rate, and the White House website promises a return to 4 percent annual economic growth. Both predictions are far higher than the roughly 2 percent growth rate assumed by the Congressional Budget Office or the Federal Reserve.

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[1 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
The mounting costs of nationwide immigration enforcement

By Marc Schindler and Jeremy Kittredg
July 20, 2017
Courtesy The Hill
While partnering with the federal government around immigration enforcement may seem like a “free resource,” local law enforcement and taxpayers need to be clear that when they partner with ICE, it will cost them.
In The Cost of Crimmigration: Exploring the intersection between criminal justice and immigration, the Justice Policy Institute explores the financial and social costs connected to increased participation by local law enforcement in enforcing federal immigration laws.

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[1 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Is the U.S. in Danger of Losing Immigrant Entrepreneurs?

August 1, 2017
by David Hsu and Cyrus D. Mehta
 
Courtesy of U. of Penn Wharton
A decision by the Trump administration to delay and possibly rescind an Obama-era rule could cause the U.S. to fall behind other countries in attracting immigrant entrepreneurs who bring investments and create jobs, experts say.
The so-called International Entrepreneur Rule that the Obama administration introduced in August 2016 aimed to grant parole visas for up to five years to qualified immigrant entrepreneurs.

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[28 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]
Social workers and lawyers say deportation raids targeting teen gang members are misguided

By Julienne Gage
July 25, 2017
Courtesy PRI.org
“What do they think they’re accomplishing by doing that?” she asks under her breath as two of her teenage male Latino co-workers bag groceries at neighboring registers. “Most of us are here to work hard. Just because you see kids with tattoos hanging out in parks or at the movies, it doesn’t mean they’re going to jump you. Authorities should put their efforts into arresting the people who really push all this criminal business.”

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[28 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]
Haitian Immigrants With Temporary Status Await Trump’s Next Move

By Khorri Atkinson
July 21, 2017
Courtesy New York Times
Jean Jubens Jeanty, a Haitian Uber driver who lives in Brooklyn, has his future mapped out. After completing a high school diploma program at Brooklyn College next month, he plans to start college next year. He would then seek further schooling to become a nurse or pediatrician. But the clock is ticking on his plans.

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[28 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]
Trump Immigration Crackdown Straining Courts, Advocates Say

Andrew Rafferty
July 23, 2017
Courtesy NBC News
President Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on illegal immigration has resulted in temporary reassignments of about one-third of the nation’s immigration judges, a move judges and activists say is only further backlogging already jammed immigration courts.
Dozens of immigration judges have been sent for weeks-long assignments closer to the U.S. border with Mexico following Trump’s executive order aimed at increasing border security.
Judges have also been assigned to detention centers around the country or made to hear cases via teleconferencing.

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[5 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]
Sign-up for MIRA’s New Text Alerts

Please text MIRA to 33222 on your cell phone to receive up to four important mobile alerts per month from the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance. It’s easy and quick so do it now! Thanks!

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[5 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]
Undocumented and Transgender

by Norma Allen
June 1, 2017
Courtesy of YES! Magazine
Undocumented and transgender, Karolina Lopez was held at an immigrant detention center near Tucson, Arizona, for three years while awaiting asylum. Originally from Acapulco, home to the highest murder rate in Mexico, Lopez came to the United States to escape discrimination from her family and community. She landed in a detention center after reporting a robbery to the police, who arrested her when they discovered her illegal status.

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[5 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]
Syrian Journey: Choose Your Own Escape Route

May 11, 2017
Courtesy YES! Magazine
Step into the shoes of a Syrian refugee. Imagine walking—and flying, driving, or traveling by boat— 1,500 dangerous miles from Syria to Europe.
Published by the BBC at the height of the refugee crisis, this virtual challenge is an exhilarating yet sobering experience. Players choose between common routes taken by Syrian migrants, and make tough decisions about how to travel and whom to trust. It’s a treacherous journey, and one wrong choice can cost you your life.