News from MIRA

Speakers urge due process for children who have fled violence in Central America and call for end to family separations


August 8, 2014 BOSTON — "There's a fact that has gotten lost in the media over these past few
weeks," said State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz to hundreds of ralliers in the Boston Common yesterday evening. "At times, the calls coming into the administration have numbered three to one in
FAVOR of the Central American children fleeing violence. It shows that despite a loud minority, the state of Massachusetts cares about all children in need."

Read more: A Thousand New Englanders "Stand Up for All Children" at Boston March and Rally

March from Copley to State House will support Central American children, and all children seeking refuge from harm

August 6, 2014 BOSTON — Though the federal government is no longer seeking temporary shelter in Massachusetts for Central American children who have recently cross the border, hundreds of concerned Massachusetts residents will still gather tomorrow to express support for these children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras fleeing harm, as well as to thank Governor Patrick and the thousands of residents who have offerred help. The rally will also express support for all children in the Commonwealth who have experienced trauma, whether they have suffered unsafe conditions here or in a distant land.

Read more: Massachusetts Residents will "Stand Up for All Children" Tomorrow, August 7

First roundtable meeting draws 150 community leaders to help people escaping life-threatening conditions

unaccompminorforumJuly 15, 2014 CHELSEA — Dressed in a plain skirt, top and sandals, but with a GPS detention device strapped firmly to her left ankle, a Honduran woman addressed nearly 150 community leaders Thursday afternoon at the Chelsea Collaborative, speaking about the gang brutality that forced her to flee her country, about her detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and about her temporary reunion with family members in Chelsea. Her story exemplified those of many Central Americans who have come to Massachusetts in the past few months to await immigration proceedings that could ultimately result in either amnesty or deportation.

Read more: Community Responds Strongly to Help Central Americans Fleeing Harm

The March along Freedom Trail is one of many nationwide actions to stop separating families

June 28, 2014 BOSTON — Today, one year after Congress last took action on immigration reform, members ofJune28_StateHouseWEBsmall the New England Coalition for Keeping Families Together marched the Freedom Trail today wearing orange t-shirts with their hands bound. Those marching included families who had lost their fathers to deportation, like the Chaudhrys; activists who see the pain and fear in local immigrant communities, like Carlos and  Merida Arredondo; and members of community agencies, immigrant rights organizations, unions, and faith-based organizations.

Read more: To Demand an end to Deportations, Massachusetts Immigrants and Allies March the Freedom Trail in...

The March along Freedom Trail is one of many nationwide actions to close the curtain on Congress and  pivot to the President and fall elections to stop separating families

DSC_0075webJune 26, 2014 BOSTON — On Saturday, June 28, Boston Marathon Hero and lifetime human rights activist, Carlos Arredondo, will join other immigrants and their allies as they march the Freedom Trail in orange shirts and handcuffs to remind the nation of the 1,100 undocumented immigrants torn from their families every day by the Obama Administration's immigration enforcement regime.The action comes after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives failed to face up to its duty and their leadership's promises, ending the House session this week without any action on the immigration crisis.

Read more: Saturday, June 28, Carlos Arredondo Joins March Along Freedom Trail to End Family Separation