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[12 Dec 2017 | No Comment | ]
MIRA Civic Engagement Day 2018

December 12, 2017
We need your help!
The Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA) is having its annual Civic Engagement Day on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
On Civic Engagement Day, immigrants and their families have the opportunity to speak face to face with lawmakers who make the decisions affecting the daily lives of those who have come here to improve their lives. 

Headline, Immigration News, legislative, MS Bills »

[17 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]
Feds Threaten Jackson Funds Over Immigration ‘Sanctuary’ Policy

By Arielle Dreher
November 16, 2017
Courtesy of The Jackson Free Press
The U.S. Department of Justice does not know the City of Jackson has a new mayor. In a letter addressed to Mayor Tony Yarber but dated Nov. 15, 2017, Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson asked the City of Jackson to review its “sanctuary city” ordinance in order to receive federal funds from the Office of Justice Programs going forward.

DACA, Headline, Immigration News »

[7 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]
Why is Another Category of Legally Present Immigrants Being Threatened with Loss of Status and Deportation?

by Donald Kerwin
October 7, 2017
Courtesy of Huffington Post
The Trump administration has never spoken with a coherent voice on immigration. Its immigration initiatives have been politically driven, some of them purely symbolic (the 2,000 mile wall), others unconstitutional (a “Muslim ban”), still others longstanding national priorities (“extreme vetting” and the deportation of violent criminals). What may ultimately distinguish the administration’s immigration approach, however, is its apparent hostility to refugees and to “legal” immigrants; that is, other than the wealthy, highly credentialed elites that the president habitually attacks in other contexts.

DACA, Headline, Immigration News »

[19 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]
Local DACA Immigrants: We Still Have a Dream

by Arielle Dreher
September 19, 2017
Courtesy of Jackson Free Press
Brenda Ramirez came to the United States from Mexico City when she was 9 years old with her family. She went to public schools and graduated from Ridgeland High School this past spring. She is working to help her mother out, and she plans to enter the Army—or was, until President Donald Trump announced he is phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

DACA, Headline, Immigration News »

[5 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]
From the Director:  Press Release on DACA

by Bill Chandler
September 5, 2017
Today, the Trump administration announced that they would rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that has provided temporary deportation relief to almost 800,000 people who came to the U.S. as children.  The Mississippi Immigrants’ Rights Alliance (MIRA) an organization that has worked for immigrant and refugee rights for nearly two decades, condemns the action.

Headline, Hurricane Harvey, Immigration News »

[1 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]
ICE warns Harvey victims of people impersonating immigration agents

By PoliceOne Staff
August 30, 2017
Courtesy of Police One
HOUSTON — Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are warning the public after multiple reports of people impersonating Homeland Security Investigations agents.
According to a statement issued on the ICE website, the impersonators are telling people to evacuate their homes so they can steal from the empty houses.

Headline, Hurricane Harvey, Immigration News »

[1 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]
Federal Judge Blocks Texas’ Ban on ‘Sanctuary Cities’

by Manny Fernandez
August 30, 2017
Courtesy of The New York Times

A federal judge in San Antonio on Wednesday blocked Texas from enforcing its ban on so-called sanctuary cities, questioning the constitutionality of a law that has pitted Republican state leaders against several Democratic-leaning cities.
The judge’s ruling was only temporary, and prevents the law from taking effect on Friday while a suit against it goes forward.

Headline, Hurricane Harvey, Immigration News »

[29 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Stranded Immigrants Find Shelter from Hurricane Harvey

by Rocío Guenther and Shari Biediger
August 28, 2017
Courtesy of The Rivard Report
More than 50 immigrant women and children were left stranded by immigration authorities at the downtown bus station in San Antonio Friday afternoon as bus service was canceled due to the imminent arrival of Hurricane Harvey.
The asylum seekers, many of them fleeing gang violence in Central America, were set to travel to destinations all over the country to meet family members or sponsors in the United States.

Headline, Immigration News »

[21 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
11 held in ICE restaurant raids plead guilty

by Jack Weatherly 
August 17, 2017
Courtesy of Mississippi Buisiness Journal

Eleven foreign nationals arrested Feb. 22 in raids at Jackson and Meridian area restaurants by agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency have pleaded guilty, or in one case await a plea hearing, to violating the federal Re-entry of Deported or Removed Alien act.
They are among 55 foreign nationals who were arrested by ICE agents at eight Asian restaurants.

Headline, Immigration News »

[15 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
On Its Fifth Anniversary, Let’s Celebrate and #DefendDACA!

By Michelle Saucedo
August 15, 2017
Courtesy of National Immigration Law Center
Happy fifth DACA anniversary!
I cautiously celebrate this milestone as I recognize DACA’s success, while grappling with the concern about its possible rescission and what that could mean to so many people in this country. Since DACA’s implementation in 2012, over 800, 000 people have benefited from it, getting a chance to work with authorization, along with a reprieve from the threat of deportation.