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Press invited to attend MIRA's yearly fundraiser with legislators, business supporters and non-profit leaders

BOSTON -- Tomorrow night, on Thursday, June 2, leaders in the immigrant community and their allies will gather at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, in Copley Plaza, for "Give Liberty a Hand," the annual fundraiser for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). The event will honor those who have improved the lives of immigrants and who serve as exemplary New Americans.

"We take this night to pay a warm and celebratory tribute to the incredible diversity and remarkable achievements of the foreign-born in Massachusetts," said Eva Millona, Executive Director of MIRA. "This year our theme is 'Unity in Diversity,' which highlights the importance of integration to the immigrant experience, emphasizes the common interests of our many foreign-born communities, and also stresses the unity that we are building with minority communities across the Commonwealth and beyond."

Read more: Immigrants and Allies Gather to "Give Liberty a Hand" 

Advocates organize calls against ten amendments; Senate to vote by Thursday

BOSTON — By tomorrow evening the State Senate is scheduled to vote on a series of ten amendments that target immigrants. The measures range from creating a 24-hour hotline at the Attorney General's office to report "suspected" undocumented immigrants, to mandating the use of E-Verify, to making in illegal to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students, even if they attended Massachusetts grade and high schools their entire lives.

"Once again, a small subset of Senators has hijacked the budget process to push their fear-mongering agenda, trying to earn political points by attacking some of the most powerless members of society -- hardworking immigrants," says Marcony Almeida, Director of Organizing at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. "Today and tomorrow we are asking our members across Massachusetts to call their representative to stop these wasteful and hateful amendments and keep the budget process focused on the budget."

Read more: Immigrants Organize to Stop Anti-Immigrant Amendments in State Senate

4/28/11 BOSTON -- Late last night state representatives voted to restore funding for a program providing healthcare coverage for legal immigrants. The program, known as CommonwealthCare Bridge, was stripped of funds by the initial House budget, but Wednesday's vote of 150-4 approved $25 million from the beginning of the fiscal year through December, after which the legislature will reassess the program's needs.

Read more: House Restores Immigrant Health Coverage

4/28/11, CHELSEA, MA — On April 28 at 6:00 PM at Chelsea High School, the Patrick Administration will hold the only Boston-area meeting to discuss the implementation of the harmful immigration enforcement program Secure Communities (S-Comm). This program, which is not mandated by any law, would send the fingerprints of anyone arrested by local law enforcement to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Though the program has been piloted secretly in the City of Boston since 2006, Governor Patrick has indicated that he will not enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the federal government on S-Comm for statewide implementation until he has concluded a series of community meetings across Massachusetts, of which Chelsea is the fifth. At each of these, immigrants and their advocates have strongly opposed the program on numerous grounds.

Read more: Chelsea Urges Patrick to Reject "Secure Communities"


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House Blows Up Bridge

Advocates decry elimination of healthcare coverage for legal immigrants

The CommCare Bridge Program was eliminated in 2009 by the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee leaving more than 20,000 legal immigrants without health care. The top rated online slots online casinos budgetary cut goes against the pokies games casino pokies online Commonwealth's commitment to insure casino internet the welfare of its residents. The play real pokies online elimination of this program, kasino which serves legal, low-income immigrants with casino online real money basic health care coverage "for immigrants who bonus casino are here legally, who are working kasyno and ?????????? paying taxes just like everyone else is simply unconscionable" as Eva Millona, Executive Director of MIRA Coalition, states. Health care costs are on the rise, with these cuts, preventative care is costly, placing many at risk for serious conditions. Hope remains that there will be amendments to insure fairness to all of Massachusetts' residents.