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Patrick Administration says newly documented students who meet certain criteria will be eligible for in-state tuition.


November 21, 2012 BOSTONAt 11:30 Monday morning over 300 immigrants, refugees, service-providers, and policymakers gathered to celebrate the contributions of new Americans at a Thanksgiving Luncheon held by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition.

Congressman Michael Capuano was among several speakers who addressed the luncheon crowd, and emphasized how important it is to remember our common immigrant heritage. "Shame on you for forgetting your parents, your grandparents, your great-grandparents," he said, alluding to the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has shaped our national debate over immigration. But the Congressman spoke with optimism, and emphasized the real possibility for immigration reform in Washington.

MIRA Executive Director Eva Millona addresses the crowd

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Local and national advocates call for action on immigration reform


November 7, 2012 BOSTON — After polls closed last night, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) teamed up with Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo to sponsor one of 18 rallies nationwide that celebrated the historic immigrant voter turnout and called on both parties to pass immigration reform. While immigrants rallied in front of the Obama headquarters in Chicago and the empty White House in Washington, some 150 immigrants and their allies in Boston bared low temperatures to rally before the Romney campaign headquarters at the Boston Convention Center.

 (left) Boston City Councilor-at-Large Felix G. Arroyo addresses the Keep Families Together rally

Read more: Immigrants in Massachusetts and Nation Speak Out on Election Day

Massive show of force for Keeping Families Together will be outlined tomorrow in 1 p.m. teleconference

Vigil-Election-night-Boston_revisedNovember 5, 2012 BOSTON — After the voting is done in the day, immigrants will raise their voices at night on November 6 at Keep Families Together, a National Election Night Rally. In Boston and cities across the nation, participants will celebrate the power of the New American voters, condemn the destruction of families through an historically high number of deportations, and demand that the next president initiate a sensible and humane overhaul of the nation's dysfunctional immigration system.

In the Bay State, Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo is sponsoring a rally endorsed by U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez and organized by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). The rally will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. in front of the Convention Center, at 415 Summer Street, where Mitt Romney and his campaign will be holding their election night gathering,

"No matter who wins the White House on November 6, we plan to stand up that night and remind both presidential candidates, their parties, and the nation that many immigrant families have been losing for too long," said Eva Millona, Executive Director of MIRA. "Hundreds of thousands of families have been torn apart, and local communities and  economies placed under tremendous strain. The next President must do better by hearing our voice from the moment he's chosen."

At the same time as the Boston rally, Congressman Gutierrez and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) will lead a rally in Chicago in front of the Obama headquarters, and others will gather in  in Washington, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Denver.

Read more: Immigrants in Boston and Across U.S. Will Rally for Family Unity on Election Night

Government joins business, academia and non-profit sector to celebrate drivers of Massachusetts' economic vitality


October 19, 2012 BOSTON"This is Massachusetts!" exclaimed State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry  this morning, extending her arm to the business people gathered before her at the Grand Staircase in the State House. "A community of diverse people coming together and giving all they have to offer."

 Beside the Dorchester Representative stood six immigrant entrepreneurs originally from five different nations on four different continents, all of whom had come to Massachusetts and started successful businesses that embodied the words of Governor Patrick's official proclamation today: "entrepreneurial ingenuity is the lifeblood of the Commonwealth."

Read more: State House Ceremony Honors Immigrant Entrepreneurship

MIRA's year-long drive closes on the last day for voter registration


October 17, 2012 BOSTON — As voter registration in Massachusetts closes today, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy

"Candidates have too often taken their immigrant constituents for granted, or worse, used them as a scapegoats," said Marcony Almeida, MIRA's Organizing Director. "We wanted to empower new Americans to fight back by representing their own interests and those of their fellow immigrants at the ballot box. That's why we've been going to naturalization ceremonies around the state, offering people the opportunity to become registered voters as soon as they are sworn in as citizens." Coalition announced that it has registered 4,000 new American citizens to vote since late last spring, the largest number ever registered by the 25-year-old coalition.

Read more: Four Thousand New Americans Registered to Vote