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[17 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]
Feds Threaten Jackson Funds Over Immigration ‘Sanctuary’ Policy

By Arielle Dreher
November 16, 2017
Courtesy of The Jackson Free Press
The U.S. Department of Justice does not know the City of Jackson has a new mayor. In a letter addressed to Mayor Tony Yarber but dated Nov. 15, 2017, Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson asked the City of Jackson to review its “sanctuary city” ordinance in order to receive federal funds from the Office of Justice Programs going forward.

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[17 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]
MIRA and Jackson officials respond to DOJ immigration laws accusation

By Roslyn Anderson
November 16, 2017
Courtesy of Msnewsnow
The Capital City is in hot water with the U.S. Justice Department over federal immigration laws. Jackson received a letter demanding compliance, accusing them of immigration rule violations.
It is one of 29 jurisdictions being given just over two weeks to comply with immigration rules.
Thursday the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance held a news conference responding to the Justice Department demands.
“Not only is it an overt attack on immigrants but it is a covert attack on the City of Jackson, said MIRA Executive Director Bill Chandler.

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[16 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]
Lumumba issues statement on sanctuary city policy letter sent by DOJ

By Donesha Aldridge
November 16, 2017
Courtesy WJTV
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued a statement Thursday about the letter sent to Jackson and dozens of other cities about information sharing related to immigration enforcement.

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[15 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]
Justice Department sends letters to 29 cities regarding immigration enforcement

By Donesha Aldridge
November 15, 2017
Courtesy WJTV
The Department of Justice sent letters to 29 jurisdictions that may have laws, policies, or practices that violate, a federal statute that promotes information sharing related to immigration enforcement.
The Justice Department sent the letters Wednesday.
Justice Department sends letters to 29 cities regarding immigration enforcement

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[9 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]
California becomes ‘sanctuary state’ in rebuke of Trump immigration policy

by Jazmine Ulloa 
October 7, 2017
Courtesy of L.A. Times
Under threat of possible retaliation by the Trump administration, Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark “sanctuary state” legislation Thursday, vastly limiting who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities.

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[20 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]
Rejecting Trump Agenda, Immigrant Protections Bill Passes in California

by Julia Conley
September 20, 2017
Courtesy of Common Dreams
Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the California Values Act, passed by lawmakers Saturday, which would make the state a “sanctuary state” with new protections for undocumented immigrants.
The 27-11 vote, along party lines, was reached after lengthy negotiations. But immigrant rights groups applauded the final bill, noting that it represented a strong rebuke of President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration agenda, including the Justice Department’s threats to withhold law enforcement grants from sanctuary cities.

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[8 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]
Congressman Bennie Thompson introduces bill to prevent Daniela Vargas deportation

by Bob Burks
April 8, 2017
Courtesy  MSNewsNow
Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced a private bill to prevent the deportation of Daniela Vargas, a DACA recipient from Jackson, Mississippi.
Ms. Vargas was taken into custody last month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after participating in a public media event to protest the Trump Administration’s immigration policies.  She was released nine days later from a detention center in Louisiana but an order for her removal remains active.

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[25 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]
2017 Mississippi Legislative Session

January 25, 2017
Bills both good & bad affecting all workers native born and immigrants

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[3 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]
Know Your Rights

Many workers are discouraged from reporting injuries or other workplace abuses, and are afraid to speak out because of retaliation or and the possibility of losing their jobs. This summer, MIRA is working with the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees (MASE / CWA) and the United Food and Commercial workers to conduct a series of Know Your Rights presentations that educate immigrants about their rights in the workplace and what to do about on-the-job injuries.

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[3 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]
Reduced Services for MS Public Workers

August 3, 2016
Nearly 300,000 Mississippians do not have healthcare as a direct result of the state’s refusal to use the federal dollars to expand Medicaid. In addition, the state has continued cutting funding for health services for its public workers. The latest in a series of nonsensical budget cuts was the decision to cut funding to the Health Department and the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. Both services were friendly to immigrants, and with the budget cuts, many fewer people will have access to critical prenatal and mental health services. …