Issues: Civil Rights
MIRA works to protect immigrant's civil rights, whether they're endangered by individuals, employers, businesses or government.
One major area of cvil rights concern is immigration enforcement.
Since the creation in 2003 of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), federal action against immigrants has steadily increased in severity and intensity. Though the Obama administration has sought to address some enforcement concerns, in 2010 deporations approached 400,000 men, women and children -- a new record.
ICE agents sometimes use deceptive and abusive practices that violate the civil and human rights of immigrants and their families. In addition, ICE's increasing cooperation with local law enforcement -- a relationship codified by the Secure Communities program -- fosters fear that impairs efforts at community policing.
MIRA routinely meets with immigration lawyers and ICE to monitor its activities throughout the state, and to make sure that ICE complies with civil rights laws. MIRA is also monitoring the activities of local law enforcement to ensure that they do not act outside their mandate and likewise are in compliance with state and federal civil rights laws.