MIRA in the media

As the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees, we serve as a key resource for journalists covering issues that affect the lives of Massachusetts’ more than 1 million foreign-born residents. We also seek to empower immigrants and their allies through media trainings and communications support.

If you’re a journalist looking to interview MIRA staff and/or get background materials or suggested sources for a story, please contact our Director of Communications, Marion Davis, at mdavis[at]miracoalition.org, or on her cell: (781) 654-5160. Sign up here for our media list. 

If you’re an immigrant or ally looking to add your voice to the debate, you can find guidance on how to write an op-ed, or write a letter to the editor. Note that these materials are being updated.

Below are selected stories quoting MIRA staff or covering MIRA activities. Click here for coverage of Welcoming New Hampshire. 

2019

Proposed anti-‘sanctuary state’ ballot question clears key hurdle, along with 11 others
The Boston Globe, September 4, 2019

Legisladores discuten permitir que inmigrantes indocumentados obtengan licencias de conducir en Massachusetts
Telemundo Boston, September 4, 2019 

Migrantes en tratamientos médicos podrán quedarse en EE.UU.
Noticias Telemundo Mediodía, September 4, 2019 (starts 03:50)

Familias esperanzadas por reapertura de casos de acción diferida
Telemundo Boston, September 3, 2019

Local advocates react to series of moves by Trump administration on immigration
Radio Boston, WBUR, August 29, 2019

Deporting Harvard students was always the goal
The New Republic, August 28, 2019

‘A death sentence’: Trump reportedly moving to deport kids with cancer, HIV, and other deadly illnesses
Common Dreams (+ reposts), August 27, 2019

Trump administration ends protection for migrants’ medical care
NPR News, August 27, 2019

‘He would die’: Foreign children seeking medical treatment in Boston get letters ordering them to leave the U.S.
MassLive, August 26, 2019

After receiving denial letters, immigrants fear end of medical deferral program
WBUR News, August 26, 2019

‘The cruelty is the point’: Lawyer slams federal decision to end special medical immigration status
Greater Boston, WGBH, August 26, 2019

Trump gives immigrant families getting medical care 33 days to leave
Commonwealth Magazine, August 26, 2019

Administration ends protection for migrant medical care
Associated Press (multiple outlets), August 26, 2019

‘Literally deporting kids with cancer’: Trump just cut back a program that shields sick immigrants from deportation
VICE, August 26, 2019

Under ‘public charge’ rule, thousands of eligible Massachusetts families might shy away from health, food programs
MassLive, August 20, 2019

State’s tribes seek accurate Census count 
The Daily News of Newburyport (+ affiliated papers), August 19, 2019

Garry, Tran back petition to prevent Massachusetts from becoming a sanctuary state
The Lowell Sun, August 16, 2019

Advocates decry new immigration rules
CommonWealth Magazine, August 15

Ayuda a inmigrantes locales por nueva regla de ‘carga pública’
Telemundo Boston, August 15, 2019

ICE pins San Antonio shooting on politicians, activists
The Boston Herald, August 14, 2019

Feds tighten migrant rules
State House News Service (multiple outlets), August 13, 2019

New rule could affect hundreds of cape immigrants
The Cape Cod Times, August 13, 2019

Funcionarios buscan bloquear política de ciudad santuario en Massachusetts
Telemundo Boston, August 12, 2019

Local officials seek to block sanctuary state policy
The Daily News of Newburyport (+ affiliated papers), August 9, 2019

Why we should let more foreign doctors practice in America
Vox, August 7, 2019

Dealing with our collective grief following mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton
WBUR News, August 5, 2019

In wake of shootings, fears that it is not safe to be Latino’
The Boston Globe, August 4, 2019

Panel to explore barriers facing foreign-trained doctors
State House News Service (multiple outlets), August 1, 2019

State commission to examine licensing for medical professionals trained in other countries
The Boston Globe, August 1, 2019

Interview with Marion Davis
Talk of the Neighborhoods, BNNAugust 1, 2019

New commission will work to certify immigrant medical providers, alleviate care shortages
WBUR NewsAugust 1, 2019 

Boston Sunday Review: Sarang Sekhavat
Boston Sunday Review, WBZ 98.5, July 21, 2019

Update on latest immigration issues
Centro, WBZ CBS Boston, July 19, 2019 (English & Spanish)

National policies spread fear among vineyard immigrants
The Vineyard Gazette, July 18, 2019

Local solidarity with ICE detainees
The Bay State Banner, July 17, 2019

Trahan blasted for post on ICE raids
The Gloucester Times (+ affiliated papers), July 17, 2019

ACLU files suit to block restrictive new asylum rules
Commonwealth Magazine, July 16, 2019

Lexington’s Lights for Liberty vigil illuminates refugee conditions
Wicked Local, July 15, 2019

Immigration advocates on alert in Boston ahead of ICE raids
WBZ CBS Boston, July 12, 2019

Advocates say Boston’s policies don’t do enough to keep police out of immigration matters
The Boston Globe, July 11, 2019

ICE raids could start Saturday: ‘This is extremely troubling’
The Boston Herald, July 11, 2019

Rep. Trahan files new bill to hold immigration officials accountable’ for migrant deaths
WBUR News, July 9, 2019

Rep. Trahan unveils proposals to increase congressional intervention over migrant deaths
WGBH News, July 9, 2019

Proponen una nueva ley sobre responsabilidad por muerte migratoria
El Planeta, July 9, 2019

Trahan calls for oversight on migrant child deaths
The Gloucester Times (+ affiliated papers), July 9, 2019 

Trahan filing bill, ignores Pence’s assurances
Commonwealth Magazine, July 9, 2019

U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan files bill requiring feds to testify about migrant deaths before Congress
MassLive, July 9, 2019

Immigrant advocates blast Trump over census citizenship question
The Boston Herald, July 9, 2019

18 People Were Arrested at a Boston "Jews against ICE" Protest
Boston Magazine, July 3, 2019

Our communities are safe – don’t let ICE tell you otherwise (op-ed)
The Boston Globe, July 1, 2019

Driver’s licenses are a safety tool. Let’s treat them that way. (editorial)
The Boston Globe, July 1, 2019

Galvin, Healey cheer halting of citizenship question
State House News Service (multiple outlets)June 28, 2019

Três condados de Massachusetts renovam parceria com o ICE
Brazilian Times, June 28, 2019

As Massachusetts counties plan to renew contracts with immigration agents, domestic violence survivors lobby for Safe Communities Act
MassLive, June 27, 2019

Supreme Court holds up citizenship question on census
Commonwealth Magazine, June 27, 2019

Mass. county sheriffs, state DOC will re-up contracts with federal immigration officials
WBUR News, June 27, 2019

Supreme Court blocks census citizenship question
The Salem News (+ affiliated papers), June 27, 2019

Undocumented abuse survivors break silence on bus
Commonwealth Magazine, June 26, 2019

Sheriffs renew ICE agreements despite criticism
The Patriot-Ledger, June 26, 2019

Víctimas de violencia doméstica abogan por indocumentados
Telemundo Boston, June 26, 2019

Former union boss continues crusade at Harvard with new labor report
The Boston Globe, June 25, 2019

Mayor Walsh appoints Yusufi Vali as director of Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement
Sampan, June 23, 2019

Threat of raids are incredibly traumatizing’ for immigrants
The Boston Globe, June 22, 2019

ICE to begin national deportation sweep Sunday – report
The Boston Herald, June 21, 2019

Judge blocks most ICE courthouse arrests
Commonwealth Magazine, June 20, 2019

Prefeito de Boston quer limitar colaboração da polícia com o ICE
Brazilian Voice, June 19, 2019

We’re all safer when immigrants don’t have to fear the police (op-ed by Sunny Robinson)
The Gloucester Times, June 17, 2019

Boston pushing revised sanctuary city ‘Trust Act’
The Boston Herald, June 14, 2019

Massachusetts illegal immigrant population spikes, increase since '07 leads nation
The Boston Herald, June 12, 2019

Safe and welcome in Massachusetts (op-ed by Mayor Kim Driscoll)
The Salem News, June 9, 2019

MIRA, Dreamers and TPS holders hail historic U.S. House vote
Sampan, June 8, 2019

Mass House Progressive Caucus Announces 3 Legislative Priorities
Framingham Source, June 6, 2019

Massachusetts Playbook
POLITICO, June 6, 2019

Report: Trump’s immigration policies a local threat
The Boston Globe, June 5, 2019

US House passes DREAM Act
The Codcast, Commonwealth Magazine, June 4, 2019

Markey slams Trump ‘stealth attack’ on immigrants
Commonwealth Magazine, May 30, 2019

Undocumented immigrants fight for the right to drive
Inequality.org, May 24, 2019

Lewis: Trust makes our communities safer (op-ed)
Metrowest Daily News, May 19, 2019 

President Trump Rolls Out His Immigration Plan
Centro, WBZ CBS Boston, May 18, 2019 (English & Spanish)

Local reaction: Plan shifting immigration focus to ‘merit’ falls short
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, May 17, 2019

Stoughton murder shows undocumented immigrants need protection (op-ed)
The Patriot-Ledger (+ affiliated publications), May 17, 2019

Baker pressed on driver's licenses for refugees
The Eagle-Tribune (+ affiliated publications), May 13, 2019

Entrevista: Joel Rivera de Coalición MIRA
Encuentro Latino, May 12, 2019

Workers celebrate May Day across New England
Liberation News, May 7, 2019

Our May Day message: We will not be divided (op-ed)
The Chelsea Record (+ affiliated publications), May 3, 2019

Stop confusing immigration enforcement with public safety (op-ed)
The Lowell Sun (+ affiliated publications), May 2, 2019

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Writing an op-ed

Getting an op-ed published is a big deal. Op-eds are typically considered the second most influential items in a newspaper (after the official editorials). Each newspaper generally has its own policy for submission and publication. Be sure to examine the individual website before you get started.

Read more: Writing an op-ed