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[26 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
Central American Refugee Children Reunited with Mississippi Families

Mississippi has received fewer than 200 of the unaccompanied immigrant children who crossed the U.S. border and were released to sponsors so far this year, but the war of words over such children continues within the state.
  Read the AP story published in the Clarion Ledger  here.

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[21 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
Migrant Crisis Expands North

Daniel Zamarripa loaded his police dog into the back of his patrol car and set out to track his quarry — immigrants circumventing the local Border Patrol checkpoint.
Zamarripa, 27, is one of 15 reserve deputies brought in to assist the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office, whose four deputies have lately found themselves overwhelmed by 911 calls from migrants stranded on the vast ranches that stretch from here to the horizon in all directions.
Then there are the bodies of migrants who didn’t make it to retrieve and identify: 42 so far this …

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[16 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
Debunking 8 Myths About Why Central American Children Are Migrating

 by David Bacon
July 16, 2014
The mass migration of children from Central America has been at the center of a political firestorm over the past few weeks.  The mainstream media has run dozens of stories blaming families, especially mothers, for sending or bringing their children north….All of this ignores the real reasons families take the desperate measures of leaving home and trying to cross the border.  Media coverage focuses on gang violence in Central America, as though it was spontaneous and unrelated to a history of U.S.-promoted wars and a policy …

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[28 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Hearing for In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students a Success

March 28, 2014
Adrian Gamboa has lived in Mississippi since he was twelve years old. In 2012, he graduated from high school in Biloxi, and had an ACT score that was high enough to earn college scholarships. Adrian was excited to attend college, but there was one problem—he is undocumented.
Mississippi students who are undocumented pay up to 3-4 times higher tuition than do legal residents (they’re required to pay out-of-state or even international tuition rates). For many, this means that college is unaffordable.
This is definitely the case for Adrian—at his school, …

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[28 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Key MIRA Board Members Retiring

March 28, 2014
Maria Jimenez (pictured here, photo courtesy of Free Press Houston), a longtime activist with farm workers in Texas, and a strong activist with immigrant workers’ issues across the southwest, is retiring from the MIRA board. She retires from the board in order to better focus on her current work.
Also retiring from the MIRA Board is Frank Curiel, who grew up with the farm workers’ movement and was involved in organizing grape and lettuce workers in California, and in organizing mushroom workers in Florida. He is now the Regional …

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[25 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
Update on Archer Avenue Attack: Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA) action pays off!

February 25, 2014
English version from La Noticia de Misisipi 2-19-14
Haz un clic aquí para leer el articulo en español, ubicada en pagina 2A 
After purchasing a home in south Jackson, the Lopez Rodriguez family began remodeling their new home.  It needed a lot of repairs.  Relatives of the family joined together to install a new tile floor, re-wire the entire house and fix the plumbing.  New drywall was fitted and nailed up.  A cousin, Arturo Fomperosa Rodriguez obtained a tourist visa to come from Mexico to Jackson to help out. They …

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[25 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
In-State Tuition for Undocumented College Students: Special Legislative Hearing

February 25, 2014
Graduating from high school and heading to a university for a higher degree is a major goal for many of Mississippi’s young people. Most Mississippi residents qualify for in-state tuition—which means a big reduction in the overall cost of getting a college education. But if you’re an undocumented student, even if you’ve lived in Mississippi for the majority of your life, you currently have to pay out-of-state or even international tuition rates, which are 3-4 times higher. This presents a heavy financial burden, or in many cases, is …

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[31 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]
Latino Family in MS brutally assaulted by US Marshals Fugitive Task Force

MIRA has requested an investigation by the Department of Justice to determine whether members of a United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force violated the civil rights of residents of a home on Archer Avenue in Jackson, Mississippi on December 3, 2013. 
Members of the task force went to Archer Avenue around 6 AM in search of Lucious Perkins, an African-American male, who was wanted for Capital Murder.
When the arrived at the home, rather than finding any suspect, the officers encountered a Mexican-American family engaged in getting their children ready for school. …

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[31 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]
Recommended Reading for CRIMMIGRATION

October 31, 2013
Make plans to join us: November 15-16 for our 2013 Unity Conference, CRIMMIGRATION: The Tragic Consequences of U.S. Drug Policies on Families and Youth
Read ahead of time to be informed, so you’ll be prepared to jump into discussions. During the Friday evening events, Michelle Alexander and Javier Sicilia will also be doing a book signing. Locally-owned bookstore Lemuria Books will have Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and To Die In Mexico, by John Gibler, (a behind-the-scenes look at the violent and wildly lucrative drug war) available for purchase. Come prepared with …

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[31 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]
Featured Speakers and Presenters at the 2013 Unity Conference

We are honored to present internationally acclaimed speakers and authors at our 2013 Unity Conference. Our speakers come from diverse walks of life and broad experiences, but all have one thing in common: an understanding of powerful links between the prison crisis in the U.S., the U.S. / Mexico “War on Drugs,” and the disastrous immigration and trade policies between the two countries.
MIRA President Jim Evans and MIRA Legal Project Attorney L. Patricia Ice will serve as emcees throughout the day Friday.  Jackson, MS Mayor Chokwe Lumumba will make opening remarks …