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[11 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
They forget the “Why?”

By Bill Chandler
June 11, 2013 
A proposal called “comprehensive immigration reform” has been reported out of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to the full Senate to be debated and voted on. Meanwhile, the U.S House of Representatives is ponders what form their proposal will take. Concocted by a vast array of Washington, D.C., beltway interests, the proposal seems far removed from the lives of the people it claims to help.
The major components of the bill include heightened “border security,” as if the $18 billion already spent annually on it is insufficient—they …

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[26 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
The Price of Immigration Reform is Steep, But The Struggle for Human Rights Must Continue

By David Bacon and Mark Day
May 26, 2013
            As the Senate prepares to vote on comprehensive immigration reform, it’s important to note that workers and immigrants have never made significant progress in gaining civil and human rights in the U.S. without a fight.
The same is true today.
No political party, no Gang of Eight, and no political figure can bestow upon undocumented immigrants rights that can only be won through constant organizing and struggle. President Barack Obama would not have issued an executive order to defer the deportations of undocumented students …

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[13 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
Immigration “Reform”?

Expectations have been raised among the undocumented throughout Mississippi with the introduction of the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act.”  Besides the various reports in the media, unscrupulous businesses who prey on the immigrant communities are advertising that they will offer help to prepare for “legalization,” now-for a fee.  All we can say is beware!
The reality is that the Senate proposal has only been introduced.  There will be Senate committee hearings where amendments may be offered that could change the proposal significantly before it reached the whole Senate …

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[1 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
We won in Mississippi! We must win in Washington!  Give now!

A message from MIRA Executive Director Bill Chandler and MIRA President Rep. Jim Evans
 March 31, 2013
Fantastic news! All 14 anti-immigrant bills introduced in the 2013 Mississippi Legislature are dead!  This success is the direct result of the mobilization by MIRA members and allies. Thank you!
Incredibly, success on the national level now also appears within reach! You know that we must act fast and work “loud” to achieve truly fair and just immigration reform. That’s why we want to ask you to make a donation right away! Click here to make …

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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 …