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[20 Mar 2013 | No Comment | ]
True Life Stories from Immigrants Engaging their Legislators

By MIRA Organizer Juan Carlos Cook
January 23rd, 2013
“Me? Talk to a gringo politician…in that building? Are you kidding me?” There was a suspicious quaver in the husky voice. The 20-something Felipe de la O, a strapping six-foot one construction worker with rugged muscles, refused to believe that he could step inside the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, without being immediately detained and carted off by immigration authorities at the front entrance. But after seeing that his girlfriend, Leticia, wasn’t backing down, de la O reluctantly changed his mind and, consumed by trepidation, …

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[7 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
The Immigration Proposal HB 1221 Is Unconstitutional

HB 1221 Committee Substitute, now pending, is unconstitutional on its face, as is the underlying 2008 statute, 
MS Code 71-11-3, because they are pre-empted by the US Constitution express delegation of power to 
Congress to regulate naturalization and immigration. According to the US Constitution the federal law is the 
”supreme law of the land” and therefore state statutes are subordinate to the power of the federal 
government. [For the deniers: we fought a Civil War over this issue!]
The US Supreme Court decision in the Arizona immigration case, decided in June …

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[28 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]
Bills Introduced So Far…

Bad, Anti-Immigrant:

HB 67 by Rep. Becky Currie (R) Brookhaven- punitive E-Verify bill revises “Mississippi  Employment Protection Act”  of 2008 increases penalties and requires Attorney General & Secretary of State to enforce. (Jud. B) 
HB 198 by Rep. Becky Currie (R)- Expands human trafficking law to employers. (Jud. B) 
HB 321 by Rep. Becky Currie (R)- mandates that law enforcement officers to take photographs of certain persons with out valid drivers licenses. (Jud. B) 
HB 490 by Rep. Gary Chism (R) Columbus- attempt to prevent Federal pre-emption of  state  Laws and to “assert the sovereignty of …

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[22 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]
Civic Engagement Day

Our first mobilization event of 2013 is coming up shortly – Next Wednesday, January 23rd, we’ll present a unified front at the Capitol. Progressives, organizers, and activists from across the state will join with Mississippi’s immigrant workers and families to send a strong message to Mississippi Legislators.
We encourage you to bring your family (including children!) and friends to Civic Engagement Day. We want Mississippi Legislators to see, up close and personal, the people that will be effected by the laws they pass.
We’ll gather at the MIRA office in Jackson at …

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[18 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Remembering MIRA’s Outstanding Allies

This week we remember the lives and work of two of MIRA’s most outstanding allies – Senator Alice Harden and Senator Bennie Turner. Both legislators showed tireless commitment to immigrant and worker’s rights in Mississippi – providing support and defense for our cause year after year. Senator Turner died in the latter part of November, and Senator Harden passed on December 6th, both after prolonged illness, and both at age 64. These valued allies will be deeply missed.

Senator Alice Harden
Senator Alice Harden was one of MIRA’s best legislative allies in …

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[6 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Jobs, Justice and the Planet

Courtesy of In These Times
 Bill Fletcher, Jr.
December 6, 2012
In 2008, liberals, progressives and many leftists made a strategic mistake. With the election of Barack Obama, we assumed that we could passively await change. We should have known better, given the experience of eight years of the Clinton administration. Rather than moving quickly to push the new Obama administration in a progressive direction, by the spring of 2009, the Left had ceded initiative on both domestic and foreign policy to the Right. With the 2012 election behind us, progressive forces should …

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[2 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Immigrants and Unions Work To Oust Notorious Arizona Sheriff

by Jenny Brown
October 19, 2012
Latino workers in the Phoenix area are fighting back against the bullying sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio. They’ve registered over 34,000 new voters for the November election.
The “Adiós Arpaio” campaign is part of a strategy by the hotel union UNITE HERE to turn around Arizona’s anti-worker policies, in a right-to-work state where Latino workers have only recently begun to flex their political muscles. Maricopa County contains 60 percent of Arizona’s population.
Organizers say they feel a seismic shift in the political landscape. “I’ve never been part …

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[6 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
MIRA and Rights Leaders in Mississippi Express Solidarity with Mexico Caravan for Peace

As it passed through Jackson, Mississippi, on August 28th, the Caravan for Peace headed by Mexican Poet and organizer, Javier Sicilla received the solidarity of the African American community affected by the criminalization of drugs.
The Caravan, consisting of some 150 people including relatives of the victims of the War on Drugs and activists, arrived at the Central United Methodist Church on Farish Street, in Jackson from Houston, Texas, after being forced to suspend their visit to New Orleans because of the threat of …

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[21 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]
Deferred Action & MIRA: In the News

Take a look at this article and video posted by local news station WLBT as the applications for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival were made available on Wednesday, August 15th.
MIRA in the news.

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[12 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]
Supreme Court signals it’s OK with parts of Arizona’s immigration law

The U.S. Supreme Court indicated Wednesday it appears ready to uphold one of the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law: a requirement that police officers check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally.
Wading into a highly divisive issue in the middle of a presidential campaign year, conservative and liberal justices who heard oral arguments on Wednesday morning seemed to find no strong objection to that section of the law.
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