News from MIRA
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.
Immigration decision won’t deter Boston preparation for DACA/DAPA
Appeals court refusal to lift stay is dissapointing, but will not deter city, advocates or immigrants
BOSTON, May 26, 2015 – As Boston Mayor Marty Walsh stood at Faneuil Hall today to speak in support of President Obama's executive action on immigration this afternoon, in a press conference organized by Fwd.us, a federal appeals court announced its decision to deny the Obama administration's request to lift a hold on those actions. But, as the mayor and his staff resolutely declared, the temporary setback changes nothing in the city's support for the President's executive actions, nor in its plans to hold a clinic on Saturday to help immigrants determine their eligibility for eventual administrative relief.
"This court case is expected to go on," said Alejandra St. Guillen, director of the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians, announcing that the city would also go on with its Saturday pre-screening clinic.
Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Mario Umana Academy in East Boston (312 Border Street, East Boston MA), immigrants will receive individual attention from trained volunteers to determine if they might qualify for the DAPA and DACA programs, which would grant work permits to families with U.S. citizen or green-card holding children, and to individuals who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16.
"Seventy-five percent of Americans want immigration reform – not 75% of Massachusetts, not 75% of Bostonians, 75% of all Americans," said Mayor Walsh in his strong statement at Faneuil Hall. "This isn't a Republican or a Democratic issue – it goes to the bedrock of American values. It's taken too long for legislative solutions. That's why I support President Obama's immigration action."
"We are very disappointed at the court's decision delaying implementation, but not in the least bit deterred by it," said Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, a co-sponsor of the upcoming clinic. "We will continue to fight to uphold the right of President Obama to take executive action to provide relief for millions of men, women and children who have lived too long in the shadows. Likewise, we encourage eligible immigrants to please use this time to continue to prepare, come to Saturday's clinic for legal screening, and be ready to file when the time for implementation finally comes."
To pre-register for Saturday's clinic, please call 617-635-4141.
Press and public invited to Fairmont Copley Plaza to celebrate at "Give Liberty a Hand"
WHO: Scott FitzGerald, Heloisa Galvão and the Honorable Stan Rosenberg, plus 250 leaders in business, government and non-profit sector.
WHAT: Annual "Give Liberty a Hand" gala for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
WHERE: Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
138 St James Ave
Boston, MA 02116
WHEN: 6:00 - 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 3, 2015
BOSTON — At its June 3rd awards gala, "Give Liberty a Hand," The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Coalition (MIRA) is celebrating the recent achievements of three veteran champions for immigrants and refugees: Scott FitzGerald, Heloisa Galvãoand Senate President Stan Rosenberg.
"We are thrilled to honor these three champions at our annual gala celebration," said MIRA Executive Director Eva Millona. "Each of them deserves recognition for their longstanding achievements in business, the mission-based community, and public service. But they also deserve special recognition for the impact they've made on the lives of over one million foreign-born residents of the Commonwealth."
President should now fulfill his promise and take immediate and extensive executive action on immigration
November 5, 2014 BOSTON —The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition extends warm congratulations to Massachusetts Governor Elect Charlie Baker and all the newly elected officials in Massachusetts, including Attorney General-elect Maura Healey, Treasurer-elect Deb Goldberg, and the 6th District's new Congressman, Seth Moulton.
"From Charlie Baker's repeated outreach into urban immigrant centers during the campaign, to his gracious election victory speech last night, we believe that the governor-elect has demonstrated his belief in building a productive relationship with the state's one million foreign-born residents," said Eva Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. "The extraordinary diversity in our immigrant population points to many areas where we can work immediately with Mr. Baker to better integrate immigrants, from supporting small immigrant businesses to expediting licensing procedures for health care professionals. And we look forward to working together on all our budgetary and legislative priorities — such as the Safe Driving Bill and Trust Act — to make sure the state continues to be a national leader in the economic, linguistic and civic integration of our vital and vibrant immigrants communities."
Work includes everything from door knocking to a new voter guide for the gubernatorial race
October 31, 2014 BOSTON - Since the beginning of 2014, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and its partners have helped hundreds of qualified green card holders become citizens, registered over 1,100 new citizens to vote, and mobilized thousands more to cast their vote and show New American voter participation in the November 4, 2014 mid-term elections. The work also includes targeted door knocking and phone banking, as well as a gubernatorial candidates forum and newly released voter guide..