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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

Immigration decision won’t deter Boston preparation for DACA/DAPA

Appeals court refusal to lift stay is dissapointing, but will not deter city, advocates or immigrants

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Mayor Marty Walsh speaking today at Faneuil Hall, flanked by Natalicia Tracy, executive director of Brazilian Immigrant Center (left), and MIRA Executive Director Eva Millona.

BOSTON, May 26, 2015 – As Boston Mayor Marty Walsh stood at Faneuil Hall today to speak in support of President Obama's executive action on immigration this afternoon, in a press conference organized by Fwd.us, a federal appeals court announced its decision to deny the Obama administration's request to lift a hold on those actions. But, as the mayor and his staff resolutely declared, the temporary setback changes nothing in the city's support for the President's executive actions, nor in its plans to hold a clinic on Saturday to help immigrants determine their eligibility for eventual administrative relief.

"This court case is expected to go on," said Alejandra St. Guillen, director of the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians, announcing that the city would also go on with its Saturday pre-screening clinic.

Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Mario Umana Academy in East Boston (312 Border Street, East Boston MA), immigrants will receive individual attention from trained volunteers to determine if they might qualify for the DAPA and DACA programs, which would grant work permits to families with U.S. citizen or green-card holding children, and to individuals who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16.

"Seventy-five percent of Americans want immigration reform – not 75% of Massachusetts, not 75% of Bostonians, 75% of all Americans," said Mayor Walsh in his strong statement at Faneuil Hall. "This isn't a Republican or a Democratic issue – it goes to the bedrock of American values. It's taken too long for legislative solutions. That's why I support President Obama's immigration action."

"We are very disappointed at the court's decision delaying implementation, but not in the least bit deterred by it," said Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, a co-sponsor of the upcoming clinic. "We will continue to fight to uphold the right of President Obama to take executive action to provide relief for millions of men, women and children who have lived too long in the shadows. Likewise, we encourage eligible immigrants to please use this time to continue to prepare, come to Saturday's clinic for legal screening, and be ready to file when the time for implementation finally comes."

To pre-register for Saturday's clinic, please call 617-635-4141.