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Immigrants share family stories and diverse allies express support at press event


February 5, 2013 BOSTON – Ever Barrera has a dream to serve his country, but yesterday at a Boston City Hall press conference, the Salvadoran immigrant said he couldn't prove to a U.S. military recruiter on paper the feeling that he held in his heart. "I miss my grandma in El Salvador," Barrera told the full audience at City Hall's Piemonte Room. "But I went to school here, formed my identity here, and feel like part of this country. I want one day to become a U.S. citizen, and to serve in the U.S. military as an officer."

Barrera was one of two immigrants whose family stories framed Monday's press launch of the New England Coalition For "Keeping Families Together," a campaign of families and community based organizations that highlights the moral cost of the broken immigration system on undocumented and mixed-status families. Comprising nearly two dozen groups across New England, the coalition forms one part of the national Keeping Families Together campaign to win comprehensive immigration reform in 2013.

                                                                                 Ever Barrera speaking at the press conference

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Tour stops in Lawrence, New Bedford, Chelsea & Lynn to promote new legislation against temporary-worker exploitation

This Thursday, activists will mobilize to promote that Massachusetts will become the second state in the nation to ensure that low-wage temp workers are provided with critical written employment information to prevent labor abuses

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Bi-Partisan blueprint from eight senators marks opening for passage of reform this year

January 28, 2013 BOSTON —Immigrant advocates and allies in Massachusetts today welcomed the release of a major legislative blueprint for immigration reform that would create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Published by the New York Times, the "Bipartisan Framework for Immigration Reform" was crafted by Democratic Senators Schumer, Durbin,  Menendez, and Bennet and Republican Senators Rubio, Graham, Lindsey and Flake.

Read more:  Mass. Advocates Welcome Senate Blueprint for Immigration Reform

Largest Grassroots Immigrant Rights Organizations Announce "Keeping Families Together" Campaign in D. C. Today


December 13, 2012 WASHINGTON, D.C. —Nearly 100 families joined leaders of the largest grassroots immigrant rights organizations in launching the “Keeping Families Together” campaign today to call for comprehensive immigration reform.

These families will be the voice of Keeping Families Together,, a campaign that will advocate for immigration policies that reflect our nation’s values of fairness, justice and equality. They will lift the veil on the moral crisis of family separation and tell their story of our broken immigration process to illustrate why we need change now.


Fitchburg's Miguel Leal (left) meeting IL Rep Luis Gutierrez last night 


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Patrick Administration says newly documented students who meet certain criteria will be eligible for in-state tuition.


November 21, 2012 BOSTONAt 11:30 Monday morning over 300 immigrants, refugees, service-providers, and policymakers gathered to celebrate the contributions of new Americans at a Thanksgiving Luncheon held by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition.

Congressman Michael Capuano was among several speakers who addressed the luncheon crowd, and emphasized how important it is to remember our common immigrant heritage. "Shame on you for forgetting your parents, your grandparents, your great-grandparents," he said, alluding to the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has shaped our national debate over immigration. But the Congressman spoke with optimism, and emphasized the real possibility for immigration reform in Washington.

MIRA Executive Director Eva Millona addresses the crowd

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