News from MIRA
Group receives strong support from every legislator visited
April 10, 2013 BOSTON – Immigrants and advocates traveled on two buses from Boston to lobby the Massachusetts Congressional delegation and join the huge "Time IsNow" rally for immigration reform on Wednesday. The group met Wednesday morning with 7 of Massachusetts' 9 Congressional representatives or their senior staff. Senator William "Mo" Cowan, former Chief of Staff of Governor Deval Patrick, reiterated his strong support of immigration reform and of the Governor's long-term dedication to the issue. And Congressman Joseph Kennedy III spoke in Spanish with many of the the immigrants, offering them personal words of encouragement. The staff of all the other representatives, as well as of Senator Elizabeth Warren, also spoke in favor of a bill with provisions for the reunification of separated families and a clear path to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Jose Antonio Vargas and other speakers emphasize Safe Driving Bill, Tuition Equity and Trust Act as part of proactive, pro-immigrant agenda
Suarez was speaking before the packed Gardner Auditorium as Emcee at the 17th annual Immigrants Day at the State House, an advocacy day whose recent growth reflects a sea change on immigrant issues. The change has been witnessed everywhere from strong pro-immigrant results in local and national elections, to a bevy of promising new legislation in Massachusetts and other states, as well as in Washington D.C. immigrantsandadvocates this morning at the State House. "Last year we voted; now we give voice to our vote."
The crowd at the 17th Annual Immigrants Day at the State House
March 29, 2013 BOSTON– As the U.S. Congress prepares to introduce a draft immigration bill, Massachusetts labor, community and faith groups will rally on April 6 to remind lawmakers what’s at stake for the 11 million Americans-in waiting.
The event is part of an immigration reform national week of action (organized by The Alliance for Citizenship) to mobilize thousands of supporters throughout the country during Congress’ Easter recess. Participants are focused on urging Congress to include a clear and direct path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Boston immigration reform rally
Saturday April 6 at 11 am
Transatlantic press conference stresses plight of undocumented in two nations
March 16, 2013 BOSTON – At one side of a computer screen sat an Irish woman in a conference room in Boston. At the other, a Philippinewoman in a conference room in Dublin. Though separated by the Atlantic Ocean, they were united by the similarity of their experiences living as undocumented immigrants in those cities. Yesterday morning, the two women and their colleagues were brought together in a Skype media conference to highlight another similarity — legislation in Ireland and the U.S. that could solve the problem for 30,000 undocumented immigrants there and 11 million undocumented immigrants here.
Ciara Lavery, at the Irish International Immigrant Center
Despite pain of family seperation, immigrants take strength from unity and promise of comprehensive immigration reform bill in March
March 5, 2013 BOSTON – "The only thing that makes us different from most Americans is a social security card," said Samantha, an undocumented immigrant from Brazil who rode a bus across 500 miles through four New England states this weekend to share her story and ask Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year. Along with other riders, Samantha spoke before gathered crowds and to individual reporters at six stops on the New England "Keeping Families Together" Bus Tour, part of a national mobilization to show the human face of the current broken immigration system.
Samantha and her brother João, front left, with the Keeping Families Together Bus traveling through New England this weekend.