News from MIRA
Advocates expect full restoration of health care coverage for thousands
1/5/2012 BOSTON --Today, in a unanimous decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the constitutional rights of tens of thousands of legal immigrants were violated when the state stripped them of their health care coverage in 2009. These immigrants were cut from the state's universal healthcare program, Commonwealth Care, during the budget crisis that resulted from the economic crash of 2008. The court's decision today furthered a previous ruling that financial considerations are not a justification for such discrimination.
12/20/2011 WORCESTER â€” Today, on the morning before the longest night of the year, 40 workers, union leaders, elected officials and community organizers sang, chanted and raised signs outside Discover Marble and Granite in Millbury to "shed some light on the darkness of temporary agency abuse," in the words of Father Kevin Bean, from All Saints Church in Worcester.
MIRA joins non-profits and officials at signing of strong bill protecting victims and prosecuting abusers
11/21/2011 BOSTON -- After signing Massachusetts' anti-human trafficking bill into law today in his office at the State House, Governor Deval Patrick said, "it has been a long time trying to pass a more modern, more focused, more effective law to deal with a devastating issue that effects all corners of the Commonwealth."
11/7/2011 BOSTON â€” "Un-American, un-practical and un-godly," was how the Reverend Hurmon Hamilton, President of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, characterized the attacks on immigrants that have occurred in Milford over the past few months, a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment that some lawmakers have exploited to propose "An Act to Enhance Community Safety," a sweeping set of anti-immigrant crackdowns today introduced to the judiciary committee on Beacon Hill.
10/21/2011 BOSTON "This is an important step forward not only for the immigrant community but for the WHOLE community," Governor Deval Patrick said this afternoon before a room packed with press, philanthropists, and non-profit leaders, who gathered at the the Boston Foundation to launch the privately funded New Americans Integration Institute and for the public proclamation of Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month.
The two announcements were tied together by a common theme--the importance of supporting the central role of immigrants to the economic and cultural richness of the Commonwealth and the nation.