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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

Read more: Temp Workers "Ride to Know" Across Mass 1/31

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

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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, www.keepingfamiliestogether.net, 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 

 

Read more: Massachusetts Delegation Joins Launch of Immigration Reform Campaign for 2013

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

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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

Read more: Immigrants Celebrate Thanksgiving Luncheon

Local and national advocates call for action on immigration reform

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November 7, 2012 BOSTON — After polls closed last night, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) teamed up with Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo to sponsor one of 18 rallies nationwide that celebrated the historic immigrant voter turnout and called on both parties to pass immigration reform. While immigrants rallied in front of the Obama headquarters in Chicago and the empty White House in Washington, some 150 immigrants and their allies in Boston bared low temperatures to rally before the Romney campaign headquarters at the Boston Convention Center.

 (left) Boston City Councilor-at-Large Felix G. Arroyo addresses the Keep Families Together rally

Read more: Immigrants in Massachusetts and Nation Speak Out on Election Day