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[10 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
Detained Mississippi immigrant released

March 10, 2017
A Mississippi immigrant who made national headlines when she was detained after speaking out a news conference has been released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.
Daniela Vargas, 22, was released Friday under an Order of Supervision from the LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, Louisiana, according to her attorney, Abby Peterson with Elmore & Peterson Law Firm.
“We want to see her, we want to lay eyes on her,” the firm’s Nathan Elmore said of Vargas.

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[1 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
Mississippi DREAMer Arrested after Press Conference

by Sarah Fowler
March 3, 2017
Courtesy Clarion-Ledger
Moments after an immigrant spoke out about her fears of deportation, she was detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
Daniela Vargas, 22, was detained by ICE agents Wednesday morning, shortly after speaking at a news conference in downtown Jackson, according to her attorney, Abby Peterson.
The news conference was hosted by local immigration attorneys, churches and the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance to bring attention to families impacted by deportation.

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[25 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]
Why Civic Engagement Day is More Important than Ever

January 25, 2017
MIRA and its allies are joined forces on January 25th, 2017, for the annual Civic Engagement Day at the Capitol to take a stand for immigrant, worker, refugee, and HUMAN rights. Your participation this year was more important than ever (see below for why) – we need your support in taking a stand at this critical moment in American history.

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[16 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]
Hang tough. Stand up. Fight Back!

November 14, 2016
The U.S Presidential election results have shocked many and triggered widespread fear in immigrant families. The new President has a laundry list of vicious proposals to attack immigrants and migrant workers. He plans to act immediately, and this will have a direct effect on Mississippi. Bigoted Mississippi legislators have introduced some 292 anti-immigrant bills for consideration in the last decade. MIRA members and their allies have joined together to successfully defeat them. Now these politicians will be emboldened to ramp up their attacks—so we must organize to fight back!

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[5 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]
Legislative Update: Victory against discriminatory SB 2306

August 5
When the legislature brought up SB 2306, we knew it was dangerous, bad for local communities, and bad for Mississippi. The bill aimed to create a limitless mandate on law enforcement agencies in the state to “assist” federal government in the enforcement of immigration laws, and it did so without providing any source of funding. It would have prohibited the establishment of sanctuary cities, and have exposed local agencies to series liability issues.
As a direct result of our Civic Engagement Day, protest actions with Cooperation Jackson and other allies, …

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[11 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]
Will it be Illegal to be Brown in Mississippi?

And how a major unfunded mandate hangs local and municipal government out to dry.
A dangerous bill is pending. Senate Bill 2306 is defined as:
“An act to prohibit the establishment of sanctuary cities; to authorize all Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers to assist federal agencies by legally detaining illegal aliens; to indemnify law enforcement officers for implementation of this act; and for related purposes.” The remaining text of the bill is short, and we urge you to read it here.
Senate Bill 2306 (SB 2306) is bad for public safety, bad for local …

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[5 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Civic Engagement Day 2016

January 5, 2016
One of our most important actions every year is Civic Engagement Day, when MIRA and allies lead immigrants, activists, and progressives to the Capitol for a demonstration and a chance to connect with legislators and discuss important issues. We have great success each year when we meet with the legislators – it builds relationships and develops new allies.
This year, Civic Engagement Day is February 24, 2016, and preparations are well underway. We are mobilizing groups along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in the Central Mississippi region, and have …

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[2 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]
Mississippi needs new leadership. Your support is critical to make this happen.

September 2, 2015
We believe that “your vote is your voice.” MIRA works year after year on voter registration – one of our most important initiatives. With the November 3rd election approaching, we need your financial support to ensure that Mississippi’s immigrants & people of color are mobilized to vote. Your contribution of $10 or more will allow us to register voters in communities that often do not have a voice. 
We recently saw a Mississippi elected official take disturbing action. It’s election year, and politicians are doing whatever they can to …

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[22 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
Mississippi Elections 2015: Voter Registration and Getting Out The Vote are MIRA Priorities!

June 21, 2015
 Mississippi’s changing demographics present an opportunity to lay the ground for political and economic change. With a small but growing progressive trend among white voters, and an African American population upwards to 40% of the state’s population, joined by the new and growing immigrant communities– engaged and together can make it happen. The Latino population in Mississippi is now around 3% and rapidly increasing, with over a 100% growth reported in the last census, and predicted to rise to 10% over the next ten years.
But where are the …

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[12 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]
11 Bad Bills

March 12, 2015
HB 1216—Rep John Moore, R, Brandon; “Prohibits the application of foreign laws in Mississippi”

HB 1187—Rep Becky Currie, R, Brookhaven; “Employment Protection Act” (The same bill she has introduced to make work illegal)
HB 1218—Rep Mark Baker, R, Brandon; “Prohibits the use & enforcement of foreign laws in judicial proceedings”
HB 1300—Rep Becky Currie, R, Brookhaven; “Increases fines for human trafficking,” (A punitive bill aimed at immigrants and people transporting immigrants whether to church, the doctor’s office, anywhere else)
SB 2015—Sen Billy Hudson, R, Hattiesburg; “Persons providing false information when applying for …