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[21 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Bad immigration lawyers hard to find, harder to stop

By Nomaan Merchant
August 21, 2017
Courtesy of Star Tribune
HOUSTON — Soon after he opened his office serving immigrants fighting to stay in the United States, Raed Gonzalez became a lawyer who goes after other lawyers.A person with a winnable case can be thrown into deportation by a missed deadline or a botched court filing, and attorneys quietly known by others to do bad legal work can practice for years without being stopped. So Gonzalez began helping immigrants file complaints against lawyers with their state licensing organizations. By his count, his firm …

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[10 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Immigration Lawyers Save Lives

by Tala Hartsough
August 4, 2017
Courtesy of ThinkImmigration
I took part in the AILA Annual Conference training for new chapter chairs, and as an ‘icebreaker,’ was asked to complete phrases handed out on little slips of paper. Mine read, “The best way to save….” I immediately responded, “One way to save a life is to be an immigration lawyer.”
I’m not exaggerating. Immigration lawyers save lives. Let me share with you a pro bono case I took on as an example of the kind of difference lawyers can make and which the Immigration Justice …

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[3 Jun 2017 | One Comment | ]
“Here I’ll Stay” Documentary Showing

June 4, 2017
The new video focussing on the work of the Mississippi immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA) entitiled “Here I’ll Stay” will debut on the Field of Vision website on June 8, 2017 at 10 am EDT. The film producers and directors are Lorena Salazar and Marlene McCurtis.
After its debut, it will remain on the website indefinitly.
Please remember to check it out! Thanks!

https://fieldofvision.org/

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[3 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]
Know Your Rights

Many workers are discouraged from reporting injuries or other workplace abuses, and are afraid to speak out because of retaliation or and the possibility of losing their jobs. This summer, MIRA is working with the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees (MASE / CWA) and the United Food and Commercial workers to conduct a series of Know Your Rights presentations that educate immigrants about their rights in the workplace and what to do about on-the-job injuries.

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[7 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]
MIRA Legal Project Update

MIRA Legal Project Director, Attorney Patricia Ice, is working with several families on their immigration cases, which include applications for employment authorization, lawful permanent residence, temporary protected status, petitions for relatives, waivers for national visa center processing, and naturalization. The Legal Project charges fees for services in these cases.  Ice has focused the Legal Project’s work on administrative humanitarian and family based immigration cases. The immigration courts are in New Orleans and Memphis and the MIRA Legal Project does not have the resources to handle cases there due to time, distance …

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[5 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]
Happy New Year!

From all of us at MIRA, we wish you Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!  May your holiday season be merry and joyous.

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[18 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Notice Regarding Texas v United States

February 2015
 
The MIRA is not surprised by the Temporary Injunction ruling by  Judge Andrew Hanen in the U.S. District Court in Brownsville, Texas yesterday against the implementation of the Obama Administrations’ executive actions on prosecutorial discretion, but we STRONGLY disagree with that ruling. We  believe that the Texas judge made the wrong call and we are confident that the Executive Actions for expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) WILL be UPHELD and IMPLEMENTED soon.  The Department …

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[25 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
Freedom Summer

MIRA is taking part in the Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th celebrations this week! Leading or participating in several workshops, including:
– WORKERS’ RIGHTS: “Organizing in the South”
Wednesday, June 25th, 2:15-4:00 PM
Coleman Library, 1st Floor (at Tougaloo College)
Moderator: Larry Rubin
Panelists include: Jaribu Hill (MIRA Board Member, Director of the Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights), Richard Bensinger, Monica Russo
– YOUTH CONGRESS, “Understanding the Plight of DREAMers: Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance”
Wednesday, June 25th, 4:30 − 6:00 PM
Youth Congress Tent (at Tougaloo College)
Moderator: Atty. L. Patricia Ice, Director of the MIRA Legal Project
Panelists include: Adrian Gamboa, …

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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 …