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[25 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]
A Track Record of Hard-Fought Victories for Human and Immigrant Rights

January 25, 2017
Since its founding 16 years ago, MIRA has organized with immigrants and allies across Mississippi to oppose anti-immigrant / anti-worker legislative proposals – leading to the defeat of over 270 such bills. With participation from the Mississippi Black Legislative Caucus, Southern Echo, unions, churches, the NAACP, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, the Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights, the MS ACLU and many others, we have defeated all Arizona/Alabama style anti-immigrant proposals in our state.

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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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[18 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]
People are Afraid: the most difficult place in the United States to be Latino

November 18, 2016
(This is an excerpt from a Spanish-language article about MIRA and Latinos in Mississippi on BBC Mundo. We’ve translated this excerpt but you can read it in Spanish and English via the links below.)
In the United States, there’s no place more difficult to be a Latino immigrant than the state of Mississippi. It is by far the poorest region in the country. It also has hundreds of years of racially violent history, starting with slavery and the Civil War, and continuing with the Ku Klux Klan.

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[18 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]
‘The wall is going to get built': Immigration hard-liner joins Trump transition

By Elise Viebeck
November 18, 2016
One of the nation’s leading immigration hard-liners is working with Donald Trump’s presidential transition team. Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, told a Wichita-based television station he was consulting with Trump insiders on the future of U.S. immigration policy (continue reading).

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[16 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]
MIRA’s New Digs

November 14, 2016
MIRA has a new office. We have moved from our office of 10 years at 612 N. State Street in downtown Jackson, up the street in to the northern Fondren area between Meadowbrook and North Side to 4436 North State Street, Suite A-1, Jackson.

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[16 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]
Expect Attacks on the Human Rights of Immigrants and Migrant Workers Beginning in January.

 

Courtesy WLBT 3 / msnewsnow.com

 
November 14, 2016 

DACA Youth: Trump said that he would end President Obama’s executive order setting up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for youth who came to the U.S. as children. It may be ended abruptly. This is a federal program allowing qualified undocumented youth to apply for deferred action on possible deportation and giving them work authorization and educational opportunities in two-year renewable segments. They will lose jobs and scholarships that allowed many of them to attend college and start careers. They will …

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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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[5 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]
MIRA Organizer Melinda Medina traveled to DC in support of DACA / DAPA

August 5, 2016
In April, Melinda Medina and MIRA members Esequiel Gamboa, Jesus Mateos, and Jesus Mateos Jr traveled to Washington, DC along with the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ) and Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. They were present outside the US Supreme Court on the day that the DACA / DAPA case was argued, to show solidarity and support. Here are Melinda’s thoughts about that day:
“The rally took place right in front of the Supreme Court and MIRA volunteers raised funds so that we could take some supporters …

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[5 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]
Supreme Court Ruling on DAPA / DACA is Deplorable

August 5, 2016
Press release from MIRA partner organization, NNIRR
The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights joins members and allies in deploring the U.S. Supreme Court’s tied decision on President Obama’s proposal to bring temporary relief from deportation for upwards of 5 million undocumented immigrants.
The 4-4 Supreme Court ruling means a lower court’s injunction against the implementation of the proposed programs — “expanded DACA” and “DAPA” — will remain in place. Instead of giving relief and a modicum of justice to millions of migrants and their families, the ruling, in …