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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 …

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[4 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]
Seattle Mayor Announces Support for Young Immigrants Eligible for Work Visas

Courtesy Seattle City Light
October 4, 2013
Today, Mayor McGinn announced new City efforts to support young people eligible for work authorizations through the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) policy launched by President Barack Obama in June 2012. Individuals age 18 and over can now call the Seattle City Light Service Center at (206) 684-3000 and have their names added to the utility bill for their home, helping to provide a paper trail to prove residency.

“These small changes in the way the City operates can have a big impact on …

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[26 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
What Will Happen Should Senate Bill S. 744 Become Law?

The Dignity Campaign’s Response To The Immigration Reform Bill
As organizations participating in the Dignity Campaign for Immigration Reform Based on Human and Labor Rights, we are very concerned about the harsh impact the Senate’s immigration reform bill will have on immigrants.  Rather than ‘bring immigrants out of the shadows’ this bill will hold millions in an underclass, vulnerable to exploitation and relegated to the ranks of the working poor, with no access to basic services.  Millions will have no hope of receiving permanent legal status, let alone citizenship.
We believe this bill …

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[21 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
Supreme Court Strikes Down AZ Proof of Citizenship as Pre-Condition to Register to Vote

Analysis by Mike Sayer of Southern Echo
June 20, 2013
On June 17th, the US Supreme Court in a 7-2 decision (Thomas and Alito dissenting) held that the State of Arizona is pre-empted by the 1993 National Voter Registration Act from requiring persons to prove they are citizens as a precondition to registering to vote in federal elections.
This was a great victory for voting rights because it struck down the law in Arizona, and implicitly also struck down copycat laws in Georgia, Alabama and Kansas, each of which states had participated in …