Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Immigration Ruling

June 23rd, 2016

June 23, 2016

Supreme Court’s Ruling on Administrative Relief Hurts Missouri Communities

Economy Will Suffer From Loss of Workers and Subsequent Tax Revenue

ST. LOUIS —  Missouri will lose both economic and social benefits from the millions of immigrants who no longer have temporary relief from deportation and work access after the U.S. Supreme Court’s split ruling on President Obama’s two Administrative Reliefs programs, according to a coalition of statewide and local immigrant advocacy organizations.

This week the Supreme Court released its ruling on United States v. Texas. At question was if President Obama’s immigration relief policies, expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) would move forward. The Court’s 4-4 tie left in place an appeals court ruling which blocks the two programs.

A ruling in favor of both DACA+ and DAPA would have deferred the deportation of qualified individuals with work authorization for three years, allowing them to continue to contribute significantly to our local economy.

“Those who would have benefited from this relief are people who have been part of our community for a long time,” said Kristine Walentik, staff attorney with St. Francis Community Services Catholic Immigration Law Project. “Without expanded DACA and DAPA, they are not only living in fear of deportation, but a loss of their economic contribution is a loss of tax revenue for Missouri.”

The U.S. economy would gain $41 billion in new tax revenue over the next decade if DACA+ and DAPA were implemented, according to estimates from the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA).

Missouri would have also benefited from workers and young people competing on a fair playing field for jobs and education. “Administrative Relief would have been a real opportunity to embrace a welcoming approach toward immigrant communities,” said David Nehrt-Flores, organizer with MIRA. “Our state leaders need to work on policies that spur economic growth and community vitality instead of anti-immigrant vitriol.”

Now, the U.S. Congress must act to pass meaningful comprehensive immigration reform. “With the removal of expanded DACA and DAPA as options for temporary relief, the time to enact a roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million with undocumented status is now.” said Nicole Cortés, co-director of the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project.

Community Meeting:

June 23rd, 2016

Next Steps for Administrative Relief

June 29, 2016 6:00 – 7:30 pm

MIRA: 2725 Clifton Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139

Join us for an information session on the next steps for Administrative Relief. Hear from community groups and organizations on the issues surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on DACA+ and DAPA. This meeting is free and open to the public.

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June 21st, 2016

Understanding the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Immigration

June, 28th 10:00-11:00am CT

The United States Supreme Court issued its ruling on U.S. v. Texas this week. This ruling will impact President Obama’s two administration relief programs and the lives of millions of immigrants across the country. Join us for a free webinar hosted by MIRA and the Immigrant Service Provider Network.

This webinar will bring together immigration advocates and attorneys who will highlight how we got here, what the ruling means for DAPA and DACA, and help prepare us to answer questions from community members about the Supreme Court ruling.

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POSTPONED: Javier Mendoza Benefit Concert at the Wine Press

June 8th, 2016


Javier MendozaDue to scheduling conflicts, the Javier Mendoza concert has unfortunately been postponed. However, we are working to reschedule the concert and bring you a great dinner and Javier’s beautiful music at a later date. We apologize for the short notice, and will be sure to keep you updated on the rescheduled show. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at (314) 669-1288 or e-mail us at Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Join us for Javier Mendoza at the Wine Press

May 24th, 2016
He’s back… the unique and ever-popular Javier Mendoza is back at the Wine Press! Friday, June 10 at 7pm!
Click here for tickets.
Javier’s an accomplished singer & songwriter who’s won “Best Solo Artist” at the Riverfront Time’s Music Awards, and has had songs featured on MTV’s Real World. He’s had multiple magazine features, live performances, and TV guest appearances.  He’s also worked with some of the best musicians in the region and shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Blues Traveler, Everclear, Los Lobos, The Roots, Ben Folds, Idina Menzel, Duran Duran, and many more.
Friday, June 10
Dinner at 7pm, Concert at 8pm
The Wine Press
4426 Olive Street
St Louis, MO 63108
Tickets available here.
Buffet dinner menu: Chicken and Steak, Assorted Cheeses, Fruits, Vegetables, the Wine Press’s wonderful ciabatta bread, and dessert.
For $60 per person,  the dinner buffet, and this special fundraising concert for MIRA will be the second to last community evening at the Wine Press.
Seating is limited, reservations are required. Please click here to purchase your tickets.

ISPU Conducts Survey, “American Muslims in the 2016 Election and Beyond: Principles and Strategies for Greater Political Engagement”

May 4th, 2016

ISPUThe Institute for Social Policy and Understanding recently conducted a survey entitled, “American Muslims in the 2016 Election and Beyond: Principles and Strategies for Greater Political Engagement.”  This is the most comprehensive survey of American Muslim political behaviors, and the recently released findings will go a long way in informing political and civic engagement in the American Muslim community. Read more on the survey and results here.

The ISPN 2016 Legislative Session Report to the Community

April 26th, 2016

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St. Francis Community Services, South Side Center
4200 Delor St.
St. Louis, MO  63116
Reception:  5-5:20pm, Program: 5:25-6:30pm

The ISPN will be hosting the 2016 Legislative Session Report to the Community on May 19th, 5-6:30pm.  This engaging forum will report back on collective actions taken by the community, state Missouri legislation affecting immigrant and refugee communities, and discuss policy priorities for the upcoming year.  Panelists will feature state legislators, DACA student activists, and service providers to give insight on how Missouri policies affect our foreign-born population at every level.  A reception will be held from 5-5:20pm, with programming to follow.

MIRA + Zee Bee Market May Giving Days

April 19th, 2016

2MIRA is partnering with Zee Bee Market to celebrate Mother’s Day!  From May 3-6, 15% of the proceeds from all sales will go to support MIRA.  Zee Bee Market is a member of the Fair Trade Organization, and sells socially- and environmentally-conscious, handcrafted gifts from around the world. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it is the perfect place to purchase a unique and meaningful gift.

To celebrate this week of giving, MIRA will be hosting a Wine & Chocolate kick-off event on May 3rd from 5:30-8pm, and we hope to see you there!  Zee Bee Market is located at 211 South Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63118.  You can also shop from their online store at


Give STL Day

April 19th, 2016


May 3rd marks Give STL Day, a 24-hour, city-wide fundraising initiative presented by the St. Louis Community Foundation.  Give STL Day is a great opportunity to support local non-profits, and MIRA is excited to be among this year’s participants. You can make a donation from anywhere, and donors will be entered into contests to win prizes.  Visit our Give STL Day site here to learn more about the event.  Don’t forget to make your contribution on May 3rd!

Cost of Brain Drain

April 19th, 2016


Keeping DREAMers Out of College


Fiscal Policy Institute’s full report here