News & Events
Revised travel ban persists in repudiation of American values
BOSTON, March 7, 2017 – The MIRA Coalition denounces in the strongest possible terms the revised executive order issued today by the Trump Administration in an effort to circumvent the court order that blocked the original travel ban issued on January 27. This new EO would suspend the U.S. refugee program for 120 days, and stop for 90 days the issuance of visas for travelers from Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, with an exception for U.S. lawful permanent residents.
Iraq was removed from the list of seven majority-Muslim countries in the original ban. The order also cuts by more than half the cap on the number of refugees accepted each year, from 110,000 to 50,000.
MIRA condemms the executive order on refugees and Muslims
BOSTON, January 30, 2017 – The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) strongly condemns President Trump’s latest executive order on immigration, issued on Friday.
The order suspends America’s refugee program for 120 days, suspends our refugee program in Syria indefinitely, and suspends all visas for people from seven predominately Muslim countries for at least 90 days. While we are not surprised by this order, we are appalled that this administration would so quickly, and without any consultation with stakeholders, issue an order that amounts to an attack on some of the most vulnerable populations in the world.
Community update: How has ICE enforcement changed in Massachusetts?
BOSTON, February 21, 2017 – As rumors about raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids have been swirling around our communities, MIRA checked in with the local ICE office to see if there was anything they could tell us.
Their response, in short, was: “We continue to conduct targeted enforcement, like we always have. Priorities change, and we change accordingly.”
Boletín comunitario: ¿Cómo han cambiado las acciones de ICE en Massachusetts?
BOSTON, 21 de febrero, 2017 – Ya que están circulando rumores acerca de redadas del Servicio de Control de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) en nuestras comunidades, MIRA se comunicó con la oficina local para ver qué nos podían decir.
Su respuesta, en breve, fue: “Continuamos a llevando a cabo la aplicación selectiva, como siempre lo hemos hecho. Las prioridades cambian, y cambiamos en consecuencia.”
MIRA condemns President Trump's executive orders on immigration
BOSTON, January 25, 2017 – Continuing the divisive and xenophobic anti-immigrant rhetoric with which he campaigned for the White House, President Trump today issued two executive orders regarding immigration. The first includes unfunded and impractical plans to build a physical barrier along our entire southern border, increase civil detention bed space, and increase the number of Customs and Border Protection officers, while adding new hurdles for those seeking refuge from persecution.
The second executive order increases the number of ICE officers and threatens federal funding for jurisdictions that decline to divert resources to enforce federal immigration law.