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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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[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 | ]
Violence Against Immigrants on the Rise

There’s a perception that immigrants (especially Latinos) carry cash. Not just a little cash, but several hundred dollars at a time. The perception is actually true in many cases, and that’s because most banks deny checking or savings accounts to anyone who does not have a social security number. As a result, many Latinos in our area have no way to manage their finances other than carrying their money, in cash form, in a wallet or purse.
Criminals intent on robbery and assault frequently go after Latinos, who are perceived as …

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[17 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]
Civic Engagement Day January 22

Our annual Civic Engagement Day at the State Capitol is next Wednesday, January 22nd. Come help us defend Human Rights for All
We’ll meet at the MIRA office (612 N. State Street, Jackson MS) at 10:00 AM for an update and orientation on the legislative session. We’ll prepare material and statements for when we meet with legislators at the state Capitol in the afternoon.
We’ll provide a lunch at 11:30, and then begin walking over to the Capitol at 12:15. Shortly after that, we’ll be joined by our allies for a big …