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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. …

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[11 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]
Will it be Illegal to be Brown in Mississippi?

And how a major unfunded mandate hangs local and municipal government out to dry.
A dangerous bill is pending. Senate Bill 2306 is defined as:
“An act to prohibit the establishment of sanctuary cities; to authorize all Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers to assist federal agencies by legally detaining illegal aliens; to indemnify law enforcement officers for implementation of this act; and for related purposes.” The remaining text of the bill is short, and we urge you to read it here.
Senate Bill 2306 (SB 2306) is bad for public safety, bad for local …

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[5 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
MIRA Advocacy Agenda for 2016

January 5, 2016
Below are our plans for Advocacy in the 2016 Legislative Session. Though we won’t know what the bad bills are until they’ve been submitted in the new year, we are already preparing to fight back. And we have a long list of pro-immigrant / pro-worker legislation that we will be supporting. Details below.
Adverse bills:

Fight all anti-immigrant proposals
Fight all anti-worker proposals
    . . .and all other anti-people proposals

Bills for progressive change:

Mississippi Civil Rights Act (w/ACLU)
Tuition equity—College in-state tuition for all undocumented high school graduates
Comprehensive Workers Compensation reform
A $ 15.00 …

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[5 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Civic Engagement Day 2016

January 5, 2016
One of our most important actions every year is Civic Engagement Day, when MIRA and allies lead immigrants, activists, and progressives to the Capitol for a demonstration and a chance to connect with legislators and discuss important issues. We have great success each year when we meet with the legislators – it builds relationships and develops new allies.
This year, Civic Engagement Day is February 24, 2016, and preparations are well underway. We are mobilizing groups along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in the Central Mississippi region, and have …

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[4 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Looking Forward to 2016 – Your Support is Desperately Needed.

January 4, 2016
It’s late, and you’re tired. On your way home from work, you take a right onto your street, but you forget to switch on your turn signal. As luck would have it, there’s a cop behind you, and the blue lights start flashing. After approaching your car, the cop decides he doesn’t like the way that you look, and demands to see your “papers”.
Your daughter is six years old, and is currently in elementary school. The administration at her school keeps tabs on “kids like her” because they …

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[22 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
Is Mississippi AG Currying Political Favor with Immigration Raid?

June 22, 2015

Una versión de este articulo fue publicada en el periódico La Noticia. Haz un clic aquí para leerlo (vea a pagina 4A).

It’s election year, and Mississippi’s Attorney General Jim Hood must be worried about votes, because he may have engaged in some serious election-year pandering. In an apparent attempt to curry favor with anti-immigrant voters, the AG office conducted a raid at a Raymond County dairy farm last week, rounding up nine undocumented men on charges of “identity theft.”

Click to watch the WJTV News Report on the Raid
The undocumented …

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[22 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
2015 Mississippi Legislative Session Report Card

June 16, 2015
Each year at the end of the legislative session, the Mississippi Human Services Coalition analyses the work of legislators and their effect on the lives of Mississippi’s “ordinary” residents. Active for decades, the coalition is made up of human service organizations who meet weekly during the sessions to share information on proposals they care about. Together, this informal coalition of about 50 groups join together to fight for or against targeted proposals. MIRA has been an active part of this coalition for the 15 years it has existed. …