In summer 2017, reports surfaced that Trump was beginning to make good on his threats against so-called “sanctuary cities” by denying federal funding to cities that failed to comply with new Department of Justice requirements. Essentially, the new DOJ guidelines say that local law enforcement must assist federal immigration agents, or else lose funding from … Continue reading DOJ: Jackson must drop sanctuary status or lose federal funding
In February 2017, ICE agents raided the Vargas’ family home before dawn, snatching up the father and son as they stepped outside their house to go to work. ICE agents then staged an hours-long standoff with Daniela, the one family member remaining inside the home, a young DACA recipient. MIRA was the first on the … Continue reading Daniela Vargas: Mississippi DACA recipient targeted by ICE for speaking up
On Wednesday, January 24th 2018, MIRA members and allies traveled to the Mississippi State Capitol to engage with state legislators. We urged lawmakers to oppose all anti-immigrant proposals introduced, and to support a number of proposals that would benefit immigrants and other workers. State Representative Kathy Sykes (D, Jackson) introduced many of the legislative proposals that … Continue reading 2018 Civic Engagement Day Recap
In memory of Korey M. Harrion (1977-2018). On March 14, 2018 the MIRA lost our webmaster, Korey Harrion, following a brief illness. Prior to becoming a MIRA staff member, Korey graduated from Callaway High School, Hinds Community College, and Jackson State University with degrees in Computer Science. Harrion played saxophone in the Callaway High School … Continue reading In memory of Korey M. Harrion
During the 2018 Mississippi legislative session, Rep. Andy Gipson (R-District 77) authored an anti-CAIR resolution (HR-1) that sent a clear message of distrust to Mississippi’s Muslim community. Mississippi has historically displayed anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments. Local community activists decided to join MIRA’s 2018 Civic Engagement Day to confront Rep. Gipson about HR-1 and to foster a … Continue reading Community Activists Confront Rep. Andy Gipson (R-District 77)
Congratulations to Imani Weusi Hancock, a Legal Project client, who recently became a U.S. citizen! Imani was born in Jamaica and currently lives in Lakeland, Florida.