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[22 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On June 15, 2012, Janet Napolitano, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children who meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization if he or she can demonstrate economic necessity for employment.
Individuals who can demonstrate through verifiable documentation that they meet these guidelines will be considered for deferred action, even if they are in immigration court proceedings and/or have a final …

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[21 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]
Deferred Action Q&A By Attorney Patricia Ice

Question: Can you give me any information on the deferred action process for undocumented youth?
Answer: Yes. On Wednesday, August 15, 2012 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin to accept applications for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on form I-821D.  Applicants will also have to submit a form I-765 Application for Work Authorization and the I-765 Worksheet.  There is a filing fee of $465, which, in most cases, cannot be waived. You do not need an attorney or Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) …

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[15 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]
MIRA EN ACCIÓN July, August, September

July 15, 2012
In this issue we discuss:

MIRA Workshops Help DREAMers Prepare for Deferred Action Initiative
Caravan for Peace visits Jackson
Hatred Without Bounds

Download to read more.  For past issues, please click to view the archive.

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[26 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Attorney Mike Sayer from Southern Echo gives a closer legal analysis

June 26, 2012
The US Supreme Court decision in Arizona v. US, which struck down 3 of the 4 contested provisions in SB 1070, the Arizona anti-immigrant law, should be seen as an extraordinary victory for the people of this nation, and especially for those who toiled so hard at such risk to fight the law.
 
There has been much hand-wringing over the failure of the Court to hold unconstitutional the “Your papers, please!” provision, Section 2(b) of the law.  Let’s take a look at what the Court actually did and did not do regarding Section 2(b).
The …

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[21 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
In Profile: Father Jerry Tobin

Father Jerry Tobin was ordained into the ministry in the1960s in Chicago. He was a young man then, and found himself totally taken aback by the Civil Rights movement that was rising up around him. He describes that he, like most white people at the time, was kept totally ignorant of the injustices and inequalities that African-Americans faced. He realized that it was time to educate himself. Although he was already working with two parishes in African American communities, he decided that he wanted to take a more strategic approach to social …

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[12 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Grassroots Leadership Training Weekend

June 12, 2012
This past weekend (June 8 & 9th), MIRA cosponsored a grassroots leadership training event along with NDLON (National Day Laborer Organizing Network), SEIRN (Southeast Immigrant Rights Network), and the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights. Around 30 leaders from within immigrant communities across central and southeastern Mississippi were present for this training, which was presented in both Spanish and English.  Friday evening events focused on the common struggle that is shared by African Americans and Latinos here in the state, and emphasized the importance of working together …

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[12 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Immigration Q & A

Question: I have applied for permanent residence and have received a notice from the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) office to have my biometrics taken.  What are biometrics and how are they used?
Answer: Biometrics are unique markers that identify or verify the identity of people using physical or behavioral characteristics.  Fingerprints are the most commonly known biometrics and law enforcement agencies have used them for more than a century.  Biometrics can also include photographs, DNA, face prints, eye scans and others.  Facebook, a private company, collects extensive amounts …

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[5 Jun 2012 | One Comment | ]
In Profile: Sorie Tarawally

June 4, 2012

Sorie Tarawally is a dual citizen, sharing national pride between his native Sierra Leone and his new home, the United States. He came to this country in 1972 after graduating high school in his home city Freetown, and his first stop was a bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Sorie knew he wanted to to pursue a law degree, and looked at a variety of law schools across the southeast.
 
The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) was his final choice; he was aware of the 1962 riots on …

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[31 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
In Profile: Roberta Avila

May 30, 2012
Social justice activism just makes sense to Roberta Avila. In a way, it’s always been a part of her life. Her parents emigrated to the US as farm workers during a time when the borders were quite porous; they lived and worked in a small community in Colorado. Though they themselves weren’t migrants, they were always connected with temporary workers, and Roberta recalls the compassion her parents extended to those who were struggling to survive, even as they faced their own difficulties.
 
While she was still young, her brother Magdaleno …