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On July 10, Advocates Stand Up for 65,000 Massachusetts Immigrants as Fifth Circuit Hears Lawsuit Blocking Relief

Public action offers message of support to immigrants awaiting court decision

Who: Members of the Keeping Family Together (KFT) Coalition, including Chelsea Collaborative, MIRA Coalition, Irish International Immigrant Center, American Friends Service Committee, Brazilian Women’s Group, East Boston Ecumenical Community Counsel, Dominican Development Center, Latinos Unidos en Massachusetts, Latinas Conozcan sus Derechos, and La Comunidad, Inc. The Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians will also be present.

: Press Conference on July 10th Circuit Court hearing on DACA/DAPA

: Chelsea Collaborative
318 Broadway 
Chelsea, MA, 02150

:  10:30 a.m., Friday, July 10

BOSTON — At 10:30 on the morning of July 10, as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments on the lawsuit blocking the implementation of immigration relief, local immigrant advocacy groups will hold a press event at the Chelsea Collaborative to offer support to the 65,000 Massachusetts residents who could benefit from the relief’s two main programs, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The action will begin with the creation of a large butterfly painting filled with 65 handprints to symbolize the 65,000 men, women and children whose chance to unfurl their lives has been blocked by the federal lawsuit against immigration relief.

Read more: On July 10, Advocates Stand Up for 65,000 Massachusetts Immigrants as Fifth Circuit Hears Lawsuit Blocking Relief


June 27th Immigrant Integration Fair Offers Citizenship Clinic and Community Resources

AmeriCorps program unites community organizations to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month

WHO: The New American Integration Program

WHAT: Immigrant Integration Resource Fair

WHERE: SEIU1199 @ Bayside Expo Center
              150 Mt. Vernon Street
               Dorchester, MA 02125

WHEN: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015

DORCHESTER, Mass. – At 10 a.m. on Saturday June 27, the New American Integration Program (NAIP) will hold a resource fair to bring together 17 organizations that offer immigrants and refugees free and low-cost community resources, including free citizenship application assistance, sponsored by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition and Project Citizenship.

Read more: June 27th Immigrant Integration Fair Offers Citizenship Clinic and Community Resources


Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Heloisa Galvão and Scott FitzGerald Honored at MIRA Gala on Wednesday

Press and public invited to Fairmont Copley Plaza to celebrate at "Give Liberty a Hand"

WHO: Scott FitzGerald, Heloisa Galvão and the Honorable Stan Rosenberg, plus 250 leaders in business, government and non-profit sector.

WHAT: Annual "Give Liberty a Hand" gala for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

WHERE: Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
138 St James Ave
Boston, MA 02116

WHEN: 6:00 - 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BOSTON — At its June 3rd awards gala, "Give Liberty a Hand," The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Coalition (MIRA) is celebrating the recent achievements of three veteran champions for immigrants and refugees: Scott FitzGeraldHeloisa Galvãoand Senate President Stan Rosenberg.

"We are thrilled to honor these three champions at our annual gala celebration," said MIRA Executive Director Eva Millona. "Each of them deserves recognition for their longstanding achievements in business, the mission-based community, and public service. But they also deserve special recognition for the impact they've made on the lives of over one million foreign-born residents of the Commonwealth."

Read more: Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Heloisa Galvão and Scott FitzGerald Honored at MIRA Gala on Wednesday


Immigration Decision Won't Deter Boston Preparation for DACA / DAPA

Appeal's court refusal to lift stay dissapoints but does not deter city, advocates or immigrants

Hundreds already registered for pre-screening clinic on Saturday in East Boston

BOSTON — As Boston Mayor Marty Walsh stood at Faneuil Hall today to speak in support of President Obama's executive action on immigration this afternoon, in a press conference organized by, a federal appeals court announced its decision to deny the Obama administration's request to lift a hold on those actions. But, as the mayor and his staff resolutely declared, the temporary setback changes nothing in the city's support for the President's executive actions, nor in its plans to hold a clinic on Saturday to help immigrants determine their eligibility for eventual administrative relief.

"This court case is expected to go on, " said Alejandra St. Guillen, Director of the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians, announcing that the city would also go on with its Saturday pre-screening clinic.

Between 10 and 4 p.m. at the Mario Umana Academy in East Boston (312 Border Street, East Boston MA), immigrants will receive individual attention from trained volunteers to determine if they might qualify for the DAPA and DACA programs, which would grant work permits to families with U.S. citizen or green-card holding children, and to individuals who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16.

"Seventy-five percent of Americans want immigration reform — not 75% of Massachusetts, not 75% of Bostonians, 75% of all Americans," said Mayor Walsh in his strong statement at Faneuil hall. "This isn't a Republican or a Democratic issue — it goes to the bedrock of American values. It's taken too long for legislative solutions. That's why I support President Obama's immigration action."

"We are very disappointed at the court's decision delaying implementation, but not in the least bit deterred by it," said Eva Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, a co-sponsor of the upcoming clinic. "We will continue to fight to uphold the right of President Obama to take executive action to provide relief for millions of men, women and children who have lived too long in the shadows. Likewise, we encourage eligible immigrants to please use this time to continue to prepare, come to Saturday's clinic for legal screening, and be ready to file when the time for implementation finally comes."

To pre-register for Saturday's clinic, please call 617-635-4141.

Photo: Mayor Marty Walsh speaking today at Faneuil Hall, flanked by Natalicia Tracy, Executive Director of Brazilian Immigrant Center (left), and Eva Millona, Executive Director of the MIRA Coalition (right)


Citizenship Program Encourages Union Members to Naturalize Together on Saturday, March 21

WHO: The MIRA Coalition, Project Citizenship, SEIU 1199, the Labor Guild, Unite Here! Local 26, SEIU 32BJ CLINIC, Catholic Charities, and dozens of volunteers

WHAT:   Free Citizenship Application Clinic

150 Mount Vernon Street
Dorchester MA 02125

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m, Saturday, March 21, 2015

REGISTRATION: Pre-register HERE Phone: 617-500-5998

BOSTON— A special "citizenship clinic" is coming to Dorchester on Saturday, March 21 with a focus on helping immigrant members of the labor movement fill out their applications to become U.S. citizens.

"We always welcome any and all qualified green-card holders who want to complete their citizenship applications at our monthly clinics. But our clinic on March 21 has an added emphasis," explained Eli Pimentel, Citizenship Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). "On that Saturday, we are partnering with Unite Here! Local 26, the Labor Guild, SEIU 32BJ, and our hosts SEIU 1199 — as well as with CLINIC and Catholic Charities—  to encourage members of all unions to come out and start the process to become proud holders of a citizenship certificate, as well as of a union card."

Read more: Citizenship Program Encourages Union Members to Naturalize Together on Saturday, March 21


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