With the virus spreading rapidly in the cramped working conditions of the poultry plants, many Mississippi immigrants have contracted COVID-19. Tragically, a number of immigrants have passed away from COVID. In a community still suffering the fallout from last year’s massive immigration raids, this combination of illness, deaths, and layoffs has been devastating. In June, … Continue reading MIRA continues support to immigrant families hard hit by COVID
We need your help to ensure that people who are at risk of violence and persecution in their home countries can still seek asylum in the United States. The Trump administration wants to essentially shut down the US Asylum program—so we must act quickly. For decades, the United States has granted asylum to individuals who … Continue reading Urgent action needed: defend the US Asylum program!
We are in the midst of a historic push for civil rights. In the aftermath of the racially-motivated murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, the Black Lives Matter movement is gaining momentum. Its demands for justice are shaping policies in local governments, exposing the brutal violence of the police, and forcing reckonings … Continue reading MIRA Stands With Black Lives Matter
MIRA staff, including members of the Legal Project, are working remotely and continuing to defend and expand immigrant rights at this challenging time. Complicating matters is the fact that USCIS Offices remain closed and don’t plan to reopen until around June 4th. They suspended in-person services in most field offices, but continue to provide mission-critical … Continue reading MIRA Legal Project Update
Immigrants on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis Tremendous responsibility falls on the shoulders of immigrant workers: they’re critical in the response to COVID-19, but are more vulnerable than any other class of worker. Let’s take a look at their contributions, and how employers and governments are failing to protect them. FOOD SUPPLY While … Continue reading Immigrants on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis
The immigrant community in Mississippi has suffered greatly in the past several months. Last August’s massive immigration raid left hundreds without work, and now the coronavirus pandemic compounds those losses. With heavy hearts, we share that at least three immigrant workers have died as a result of COVID-19 in the cities of Forest, MS, and … Continue reading MIRA Supports Immigrants as COVID-19 Wreaks Havoc