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MIRA Womens March Boston 2017Want to join MIRA’s work supporting rights and opportunities for immigrants and refugees? You’ve come to the right place.

Scroll down below for our latest action alerts – your calls, emails and in-person engagement can make a real impact! Here are some more things you can do:

¡Envíe un comentario contra la propuesta de ‘carga pública’!

Un poema al pie de la Estatua de la Libertad nos invita a darle “tus cansados, tus pobres, tus masas amontonadas gimiendo por respirar libres.” Millones de personas han venido a este país casi sin nada, y han construido su vida y su fortuna aquí. Es el “sueño americano.”

Pero ahora la administración Trump quiere cerrarles la puerta a los inmigrantes de clase trabajadora. Si alguien gana menos del 250% de la línea federal de pobreza ($ 62,750 para una familia de 4) y ha usado uno de varios programas públicos de salud, nutrición o vivienda, podría ser rechazado. Ni si quiera tiene que haberlos usado; si piensan que es probable que los use en el futuro, podría negar su petición. Si gana menos del 125% de la LFP ($ 31,375 para una familia de 4), sería casi imposible.  [ READ IN ENGLISH ]

Read more: ¡Envíe un comentario contra la propuesta de ‘carga pública’!

Vote-buttonElection 2018: Let’s get out the immigrant vote!

Immigrants in Massachusetts can be a powerful political force. About 1 in 11 state residents – 1 in 7 in Boston – is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Add the U.S.-born children of immigrants and the thousands of citizens who have mobilized to fight for immigrant rights across our Commonwealth, and we have a political force to be reckoned with.

So let’s use that power to effect change!

For the 2018 election, MIRA is doing two things: 1) helping voters choose by providing videos, Q&As and other informational materials; and 2) getting out the immigrant (and pro-immigrant) vote through canvasses and phone banks – both for the Sept. 4 primaries, and for the Nov. 6 election.

We’ll have dozens of opportunities to join our get-out-the-vote efforts; sign up on Eventbrite or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

Below is a list of the races for which we’ve produced videos so far.

Read more: Election 2018: Let’s get out the immigrant vote!

Submit comments opposing the ‘public charge’ proposal!

Emma Lazarus’ poem at the foot of the Statue of Liberty invites the world to “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” For centuries, people have come with little or nothing, and built new lives and new fortunes here. It’s the American Dream.

But now the Trump administration wants to slam the door on working-class immigrants by subjecting anyone who earns less than 250% of the federal poverty line ($62,750 for a family of 4) to intense scrutiny, and effectively excluding anyone below 125% of FPL ($31,375 for a family of 4).

Immigrants applying for a green card or visa could be deemed to be a “public charge” – someone who depends on the government – and turned away if they earn below 250% of FPL and use any of a wide range of public programs for working families, or are deemed to be likely to use them in the future.   [ LEA EN ESPAÑOL

Read more: Submit comments opposing the ‘public charge’ proposal!

Submit comments to keep citizenship off the 2020 Census!

The U.S. Census is a vital part of our democracy. Accurate census data is critical to ensuring fair, proportional voting representation. Census data is also used to allocate funds for health care, education, community development and “safety net” programs, and to monitor for discrimination and enforce civil rights laws.

Against the advice of U.S. Census Bureau experts, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross now wants to add a question about citizenship status in the 2020 Census. This would be the first time everyone would be asked about citizenship since 1960. MIRA and advocates across the U.S. are deeply concerned that, at a time of aggressive immigration enforcement and animosity towards foreign-born people, including the question could severely depress the response rate in immigrant communities.

You can make a difference by submitting a comment by August 7, 2018. Whether you’re an immigrant yourself, a community advocate, a service provider, a local elected official or just a concerned citizen, you can help us ensure that the government receives an overwhelming number of unique comments on this issue.

Read more: Submit comments to keep citizenship off the 2020 Census!

Help make college dreams a reality for Boston students!

College kids hands for scholarshipContribute to a scholarship for undocumented immigrants who’ve just graduated from city schools.

Thousands of immigrants attend Boston’s high schools. They work hard and have big dreams, but at graduation time, many face a huge obstacle: If they’re undocumented, they don’t qualify for federal financial aid, and if they enroll in a public college in Massachusetts, many will have to pay out-of-state tuition.

Nationwide, only about 3% of undocumented students finish college, mainly because of the cost. The Unafraid Scholarship was created by a group of teachers to help students from Boston Public Schools who’ve been accepted to college but aren’t eligible for federal financial aid.

Read more: Help make college dreams a reality for Boston students!

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