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[12 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Details on the Tuition Equity Bill

January 12,2 2015
Proposed Legislation: Amend section 37-103-25 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 to provide all Mississippi students affordable access to in state tuition and scholarships at state institutions of higher learning. A major effort by MIRA and the Mississippi ACLU. 
The Problem:
Tuition equity would grant in-state rates to students entering the university system who have met certain criteria, such as attendance or graduation from a Mississippi high school. Currently, twenty states have embraced tuition equity. These states have all realized that denying access to college to any qualified high school …

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[24 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]
New Deferred Action Program Info (incluye anuncio español)

November 24, 2014
Para la versión española, por favor, desplácese hacia abajo.
On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced his expanded deferred action plan that will allow undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents to seek deferred action or prosecutorial discretion status.  The plan also expands the deferred action for childhood arrivals program to those 31 years old or above.  If you are eligible for either one of these new programs, you will not be able to apply for them until 2015. There are no forms yet on which to …

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[13 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]
Critical Funds Needed to Engage 2015 Legislative Session

November 11, 2014
Mississippi is flush with some of the very worst legislators for immigrant rights. We know that the fight over immigration is going to get ugly in 2015, and we desperately need your financial support to help us defend and expand immigrant rights. 
Each year, we gather together with immigrants, friendly legislators, social justice and workers rights activists, and religious & community leaders for a Civic Engagement Day at the Mississippi state Capitol. It’s a time when we can make a public demonstration of the need for immigration reform, and …

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[11 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]
Midterm Election Results Dangerous for Immigrants

November 11, 2014
Immigration was a hot issue during recent midterm elections, but only in a disastrous way. Despite the tremendous need for reform of our immigration policies and much discussion of overhaul over the past couple of years, candidates used the immigration issue to churn up fear among voters. Republicans pandered to the fears and anger of anti-immigrant groups in order to gain votes. Worse still, we didn’t see any Democrats standing up to the challenge or promising to address the humanitarian crisis at our borders.
One of the big concerns …

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[19 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
Fifteen Percent is a Shockingly Small Number

September 19, 2014
15%– it is the proportion of voting age residents who cast ballots in the 25 states that held primaries in the first six months of this year. In 15 of those states, the turnout was the lowest ever.
 MIRA is engaged in a targeted voter registration drive to reach out to U.S. citizens in the immigrant communities across Mississippi. Naturalized citizens, youth and others born in the U.S. of immigrant families who will be 18 years of age by election day, Tuesday, November 4th are eligible …

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[28 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]
David Green ¡Presente!

by Bill Chandler
August 28, 2014
One of the strongest advocates for workers in the Mississippi House of Representatives—all workers from state employees to immigrant workers– died late last month. Former State Representative David Green was one of the most effective legislators championing working class issues in recent memory. A founding member of the Mississippi Black Legislative Caucus, he helped guide many of their concerns through the typically rocky legislative process.
Shortly after its founding in 1989 the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees/ CWA needed sponsors for its across-the-board pay raise proposal. Mississippi …

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[28 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Infamous “Bilbo” Statue in Room 113

The Legislative hearing on in-state tuition was held in Room 113, on the first floor of the Capitol building. There’s something unique about that room, and it isn’t a good thing—it’s a large bronze statue of infamous Mississippi Governor and U.S. Senator Theodore Bilbo (governor from 1916-1920, and 1928-32, and as US Senator 1935-1947 until he died), who was ultra-racist and a proud Klansman.
The statue had previously been housed in the 2nd floor rotunda of the capitol building, but Mississippi Governor William Winter fought for and finally had it removed …

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[3 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
2014 Mississippi Legislative Session: Proposals Attacking Immigrants & Proposals Helping Immigrants

A report from the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA)
Once again there are two anti-immigrant proposals— one introduced in the Mississippi House of Representatives and one introduced into the Mississippi Senate as the session began on January 7th.  HB 1322 by Rep Andy Gipson (R) of Braxton and SB 2655 by Sen. Michael Watson (R) of Pascagoula. These bills are another attempt by Tea Party Republicans to make life miserable for immigrants so they will leave the state.
The first bill mandates E-Verify to be enforced with all employers with the goal of …

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[17 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]
Major Effort Underway in 2014 Legislative Session

The session began on January 7, but it’s still in the early stages, so there are many bills that have not yet been filed. Monday, January 20th is the deadline for bills to be filed, so we should have a better idea of exactly what we’re up against by the middle of next week. While we’ll likely be facing opposition from anti-immigrant camps, we believe that we can gain some serious ground for immigrants and workers in areas like healthcare, education, and worker’s compensation.
So far, we have seen: 
– HB 209 …

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[31 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]
Critical Preparations for 2014 Legislative Session Underway

Mississippi’s 2014 Legislative Session begins on January 7th, and we’re preparing for action on a number of key issues. Our annual Civic Engagement day at the Capitol is Wednesday, January 22nd, and we are forming strategies to address the legislative issues at hand. While we’ll likely be facing opposition from anti-immigrant camps, 2014 appears to be a year in which we can gain some serious ground for immigrants and workers in areas like healthcare, education, and worker’s comp.
Since the 2014 Legislative Session has not yet begun, it’s unclear just how …