Want to join MIRA’s work supporting rights and opportunities for immigrants and refugees? You’ve come to the right place.
Scroll down below for our latest action alerts – your calls, emails and in-person engagement can make a real impact! Here are some more things you can do:
- Like us on Facebook and sign up for our email bulletin to get action alerts, learn about rallies, petitions, teach-ins and public meetings, and find more opportunities to speak out and advocate for immigrants and refugees.
- Learn about the Safe Communities Act and other key bills at the State House, talk to your legislators, and help us build support!
- Volunteer at our citizenship clinics and help new Americans navigate the pathway to becoming naturalized citizens.
- Join NAIP AmeriCorps to serve at one of our partner organizations and build capacity and provide immigrant and refugee services.
- Volunteer at our voter registration drives to help newly naturalized citizens register to vote.
- Find other volunteer opportunities at MIRA and among our member organizations.
Submit comments opposing the ‘public charge’ proposal!
Emma Lazarus’ poem at the foot of the Statue of Liberty invites the world to “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” For centuries, people have come with little or nothing, and built new lives and new fortunes here. It’s the American Dream.
But now the Trump administration wants to slam the door on working-class immigrants by subjecting anyone who earns less than 250% of the federal poverty line ($62,750 for a family of 4) to intense scrutiny, and effectively excluding anyone below 125% of FPL ($31,375 for a family of 4).
Immigrants applying for a green card or visa could be deemed to be a “public charge” – someone who depends on the government – and turned away if they earn below 250% of FPL and use any of a wide range of public programs for working families, or are deemed to be likely to use them in the future.
Immigrants in Massachusetts can be a powerful political force. About 1 in 11 state residents – 1 in 7 in Boston – is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Add the U.S.-born children of immigrants and the thousands of citizens who have mobilized to fight for immigrant rights across our Commonwealth, and we have a political force to be reckoned with.
So let’s use that power to effect change!
For the 2018 election, MIRA is doing two things: 1) helping voters choose by providing videos, Q&As and other informational materials; and 2) getting out the immigrant (and pro-immigrant) vote through canvasses and phone banks – both for the Sept. 4 primaries, and for the Nov. 6 election.
Below is a list of the races for which we’ve produced videos so far.
Submit comments to keep citizenship off the 2020 Census!
The U.S. Census is a vital part of our democracy. Accurate census data is critical to ensuring fair, proportional voting representation. Census data is also used to allocate funds for health care, education, community development and “safety net” programs, and to monitor for discrimination and enforce civil rights laws.
Against the advice of U.S. Census Bureau experts, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross now wants to add a question about citizenship status in the 2020 Census. This would be the first time everyone would be asked about citizenship since 1960. MIRA and advocates across the U.S. are deeply concerned that, at a time of aggressive immigration enforcement and animosity towards foreign-born people, including the question could severely depress the response rate in immigrant communities.
You can make a difference by submitting a comment by August 7, 2018. Whether you’re an immigrant yourself, a community advocate, a service provider, a local elected official or just a concerned citizen, you can help us ensure that the government receives an overwhelming number of unique comments on this issue.
Help make college dreams a reality for Boston students!
Thousands of immigrants attend Boston’s high schools. They work hard and have big dreams, but at graduation time, many face a huge obstacle: If they’re undocumented, they don’t qualify for federal financial aid, and if they enroll in a public college in Massachusetts, many will have to pay out-of-state tuition.
Nationwide, only about 3% of undocumented students finish college, mainly because of the cost. The Unafraid Scholarship was created by a group of teachers to help students from Boston Public Schools who’ve been accepted to college but aren’t eligible for federal financial aid.