News from MIRA

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

Bipartisan Bill Would Provide Integration Assistance for the Foreign-Born

June 25, 2014 WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) introduced the New American Success Act, a bill that would create a comprehensive national immigrant integration strategy. Although many states, including Massachusetts, have taken it upon themselves to develop plans to promote the integration of New Americans, this would be the first time that the United States, a nation of immigrants, has developed such a strategy at the national level.

Read more: Congress Introduces New American Success Act

US Conference of Mayors passes resolution calling for proactive USCIS and Department of Homeland Security policy changes

June 24, 2014 BOSTON — On Monday, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) voted overwhelmingly to pass a resolution that urges the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to make policy changes that will increase the number of U.S. Citizens from the pool of eligible lawful permanent residents. The resolution emphasizes that it is in the interest of the federal government, especially USCIS, to minimize barriers to naturalization by reducing fees for citizenship applicants and “offering alternatives like a sliding-scale income based approach or family unit fee.”

Read more: Nation’s Mayors Support Minimizing Barriers to Naturalization and  Increasing Number of U.S....

Advocates Vow to Come Back Stronger Next Session

Community disappointed but undefeated by Committee's failure to pass a bill that would allow all drivers to become trained, licensed and insured

June 23, 2014 BOSTON — The Joint Committee on Transportation voted today to send to study the Safe Driving Bill, H. 3285. Members of the Safe Driving Coalition reacted to the news with disappointment but without discouragement, vowing to revive a bill that would remove immigration status as a barrier to getting a Massachusetts driver's license, thereby helping to ensure that all drivers on the road are trained, licensed and ensured.

Read more: Safe Driving Bill Sent to Study

Report Calls for Concerted Action at Federal, State Levels

June 2, 2014 WASHINGTON — Immigrant parents in Massachusetts and elsewhere confront significant barriers as they try to engage with their children’s educational programs during the developmentally critical early years, with many facing greatly restricted access due to the lack of robust translation and interpretation services and their own limited functional literacy, a new report from the Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy finds. The difficulties that many early childhood education and care programs experience engaging with these immigrant parents have been further exacerbated as funding for adult basic education and English instruction is greatly outpaced by the need.

Read more: Migration Policy Institute Study Maps Major Barriers in Crucial Early Childhood Education Arena...