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. 


Boston Sunday Review: Sarang Sekhavat
Boston Sunday Review, WBZ 98.5 The Sports Hub, 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
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

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

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

Victims 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

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

Judge Shelley Joseph, officer Wesley MacGregor indictments revive fight over ICE cooperation
MassLive, April 26, 2019

Mass. judge faces federal charges over defendant’s evasion of ICE
The Boston Globe, April 25, 2019

5 ways the US Census dispute could affect Massachusetts
WGBH News, April 26, 2019

US Attorney Andrew Lelling indicting judge sends warning to sanctuary cities
The Boston Herald (+ other publications), April 25, 2019

Feds: Pot use could block citizenship
The Eagle Tribune (+ affiliated publications), April 24, 2019

Prefeito de Boston enfrenta Trump e quer aumentar orçamento para defesa de imigrantes
The Brazilian Times, April 22, 2019

Focusing the lens on immigrants
SouthCoast Today, April 22, 2019

Marty Walsh pledges $50,000 in budget for immigrant defense fund
The Boston Herald, April 21, 2019

A long-awaited expansion for Boston’s immigrant defense fund
The Boston Globe, April 19, 2019

Northeastern alum named 2019 Latina Leader by Amplify Latinx
The Huntington News, April 17, 2019

Lion of Judah church straddles Boston’s two worlds
Religion News Service, April 12, 2019

Who is a refugee?
Harvard Political Review, April 8, 2019

No dejemos que nos hagan invisibles en el censo del 2020
El Planeta, April 8, 2019

Sec. Nielsen is out, but her family separation legacy lives on
Greater Boston, WGBH, April 8, 2019

The 2020 census will be no laughing matter
The Berkshire Eagle, April 6, 2019

Walsh announces funding to promote accurate 2020 census count
The Daily Free Press, April 5, 2019

MassBay assistant director of international admissions recognized as 2019 Latina leader
Framingham Source, April 2, 2019

Mass. is tricky during a census. Next year may be even harder
The Boston Globe, April 2, 2019

Facing controversial Census 2020, Boston's goal is to 'move forward'
Boston 25 News, April 1, 2019

Framingham hosts 2020 US Census kick-off
Milford Daily News (+ related outlets), April 1, 2019

Framingham Hosts 2020 Census Kick-off
The Patch, April 1, 2019

Dreamers, TPS holders join Members of Congress to advocate for new Dream and Promise Act
Spare Change News, April 1, 2019

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Writing an op-ed

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