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President should now fulfill his promise and take immediate and extensive executive action on immigration
November 5, 2014 BOSTON —The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition extends warm congratulations to Massachusetts Governor Elect Charlie Baker and all the newly elected officials in Massachusetts, including Attorney General-elect Maura Healey, Treasurer-elect Deb Goldberg, and the 6th District's new Congressman, Seth Moulton.
"From Charlie Baker's repeated outreach into urban immigrant centers during the campaign, to his gracious election victory speech last night, we believe that the governor-elect has demonstrated his belief in building a productive relationship with the state's one million foreign-born residents," said Eva Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. "The extraordinary diversity in our immigrant population points to many areas where we can work immediately with Mr. Baker to better integrate immigrants, from supporting small immigrant businesses to expediting licensing procedures for health care professionals. And we look forward to working together on all our budgetary and legislative priorities — such as the Safe Driving Bill and Trust Act — to make sure the state continues to be a national leader in the economic, linguistic and civic integration of our vital and vibrant immigrants communities."
Work includes everything from door knocking to a new voter guide for the gubernatorial race
October 31, 2014 BOSTON - Since the beginning of 2014, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and its partners have helped hundreds of qualified green card holders become citizens, registered over 1,100 new citizens to vote, and mobilized thousands more to cast their vote and show New American voter participation in the November 4, 2014 mid-term elections. The work also includes targeted door knocking and phone banking, as well as a gubernatorial candidates forum and newly released voter guide..
Coakley, Falchuk and McCormick agree on many controversial policies, differ in views of role of government and the political establishment
October 16, 2014 BOSTON —An energetic crowd packed an auditorium at Bunker Hill Tuesday
night for the non-partisan Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Immigration, Justice andEquality. The event marked the second gubernatorial-candidate gathering at Bunker Hill sponsored by a group of non-profits and higher education institutions: The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, Bunker Hill Community College, the Elma Lewis Center at Emerson College, MassVOTE, the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. The audience reflected the diversity of the sponsors, with a wide range of ages and ethnicities represented, including students, families, union members, local leaders, and representatives of Massachusetts’ diverse immigrant communities (Spanish and American Sign Language interpretation were also provided).
In partnership with Greater Boston Legal Services, will provide technical assistance for 12 AmeriCorps attorneys and three paralegals at legal service organizations statewide
BOSTON, September 25, 2014 – On September 12, at the 20th anniversary celebration of the AmeriCorps network, President Obama announced the launch of “justice AmeriCorps,” a new public service program that will provide legal services to unaccompanied children in immigration courts across the country.
This week, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) was informed that it has received a $298,350 grant to create and implement that program in Massachusetts.
Working in partnership with the Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), which will provide technical assistance, MIRA will recruit, train and place 12 AmeriCorps attorneys and three AmeriCorps paralegals at legal service organizations across the state, to provide legal assistance to unaccompanied children under the age of 16 who will appear before the Boston immigration court in Fiscal Year 2015.
Press conference underscores trauma caused by White House delay and urges calls to President, pressure from Congressional delegation, and voter engagement
September 24, 2014 BOSTON - A few days after Independence Day, a Mexican immigrant and father of three named Jose left his East Boston apartment to get one of his daughter's bag from the family car. He hasn't been able to return home since.
Jose has lived in this country for 17 years, is a foreman in his trade union, and volunteers with religious organizations. None of that mattered when he was stopped outside his apartment and asked for ID by agents for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who happened to be looking for a neighbor. Jose could only produce an old Mexican passport, and as his three daughters watched through the apartment window, protesting and crying, Jose was detained. (The children have since had to undergo therapy for the trauma).