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MIRA condemms the executive order on refugees and Muslims

BOSTON, January 30, 2017 – The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) strongly condemns President Trump’s latest executive order on immigration, issued on Friday.

The order suspends America’s refugee program for 120 days, suspends our refugee program in Syria indefinitely, and suspends all visas for people from seven predominately Muslim countries for at least 90 days. While we are not surprised by this order, we are appalled that this administration would so quickly, and without any consultation with stakeholders, issue an order that amounts to an attack on some of the most vulnerable populations in the world.

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Community update: How has ICE enforcement changed in Massachusetts?

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BOSTON, February 21, 2017 – As rumors about raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids have been swirling around our communities, MIRA checked in with the local ICE office to see if there was anything they could tell us.

Their response, in short, was: “We continue to conduct targeted enforcement, like we always have. Priorities change, and we change accordingly.”

Read more: Community update: How has ICE enforcement changed in Massachusetts?

Boletín comunitario: ¿Cómo han cambiado las acciones de ICE en Massachusetts?

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BOSTON, 21 de febrero, 2017 – Ya que están circulando rumores acerca de redadas del Servicio de Control de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) en nuestras comunidades, MIRA se comunicó con la oficina local para ver qué nos podían decir.

Su respuesta, en breve, fue: “Continuamos a llevando a cabo la aplicación selectiva, como siempre lo hemos hecho. Las prioridades cambian, y cambiamos en consecuencia.”

Read more: Boletín comunitario: ¿Cómo han cambiado las acciones de ICE en Massachusetts?

MIRA condemns President Trump's executive orders on immigration

BOSTON, January 25, 2017 – Continuing the divisive and xenophobic anti-immigrant rhetoric with which he campaigned for the White House, President Trump today issued two executive orders regarding immigration. The first includes unfunded and impractical plans to build a physical barrier along our entire southern border, increase civil detention bed space, and increase the number of Customs and Border Protection officers, while adding new hurdles for those seeking refuge from persecution.

The second executive order increases the number of ICE officers and threatens federal funding for jurisdictions that decline to divert resources to enforce federal immigration law.

Read more: MIRA condemns President Trump's executive orders on immigration

WHO: The MIRA Coalition, Project Citizenship, SEIU 1199, the Labor Guild, Unite Here! Local 26, SEIU 32BJ CLINIC, Catholic Charities, and dozens of volunteers

WHAT:   Free Citizenship Application Clinic

WHERE: SEIU 1199
150 Mount Vernon Street
Dorchester MA 02125

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m, Saturday, March 21, 2015
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REGISTRATION: Pre-register HERE Phone: 617-500-5998

BOSTON— A special "citizenship clinic" is coming to Dorchester on Saturday, March 21 with a focus on helping immigrant members of the labor movement fill out their applications to become U.S. citizens.

"We always welcome any and all qualified green-card holders who want to complete their citizenship applications at our monthly clinics. But our clinic on March 21 has an added emphasis," explained Eli Pimentel, Citizenship Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). "On that Saturday, we are partnering with Unite Here! Local 26, the Labor Guild, SEIU 32BJ, and our hosts SEIU 1199 — as well as with CLINIC and Catholic Charities—  to encourage members of all unions to come out and start the process to become proud holders of a citizenship certificate, as well as of a union card."

Read more: Citizenship Program Encourages Union Members to Naturalize Together on Saturday, March 21