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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 …

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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 …