Call to support pro-immigrant amendments to the state budget!
The House Ways and Means Committee has released its budget for fiscal year 2018, including funds for programs that serve and protect immigrant and refugee residents of Massachusetts.
Our House allies are filing amendments to increase funding for these programs. Please call or email your Representative TODAY to ask them to cosponsor pro-immigrant amendments. Below is a script to help you; click here to find your state representative. Click here to read more about each amendment and why it’s important.
April 21 update: We’re focusing our efforts on Representative Cabral’s amendment, #1034, to increase funding for citizenship programs.
Want to join MIRA's work supporting rights and opportunities for immigrants and refugees? Here are some of the things you can do:
- 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.
- Follow 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.
Could you be an interpreter for immigrants and refugees?
Are you bilingual and interested in volunteering as an interpreter in immigration law settings? A free training in Worcester offers an opportunity to get involved.
The trainings will cover topics such as:
• The role of the interpreter and best practices;
• Ethics and cultural considerations;
• Overview of immigration law, legal terms and documents related to immigration cases.
Make your voice heard and support safe communities!
From the Boston Tea Party to the anti-slavery and marriage equality movements, Massachusetts has been a leader on civil rights. Today we need to see that kind of courage on behalf of immigrants and Muslims in our communities.
The Safe Communities Act would protect the civil rights of all state residents by making sure our tax dollars are not used to help the Trump Administration deport immigrant families or create a Muslim registry. This powerful new version of the Trust Act is sponsored by State Sen. Jamie Eldridge (S.1305) and State Rep. Juana Matías (H.3269).