Archive for January, 2013

Statement From MIRA on Call For Immigration Reform

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

MIRA welcomes the call by President Obama today and the bipartisan Gang of Eight yesterday to begin the national conversation around immigration reform.  For too long, immigrant families in Missouri and around the nation have been torn apart by an unfair and broken immigration system.  Immigration advocates are glad to see leaders from across the political spectrum come to the table to address the needs of the immigrant and refugee community.

As lawmakers and advocates now come together to craft legislative reform, it is imperative that any immigration reform bill be just, fair, and equitable to immigrants from all countries, of all skill levels, and of all economic backgrounds.  Too many immigrant families have faced great hardship to provide for their families and participate in the American Dream, and their sacrifices and hard work must be valued.  MIRA will work with our elected officials to ensure that any reform package includes a clear and attainable path to citizenship for undocumented residents, and respects the integrity of immigrant families.

Furthermore, reform must include equitable and realistic changes to the way our nation handles future migration needs.  A bill must honor the contributions of immigrant workers across the skill spectrum, and guarantee their rights to a safe and fair workplace.   Finally, reform must restore civil and human rights to the immigration process, ensuring safety and protection of immigrants of all statuses.  Rather than diverting precious taxpayer dollars to what are often dangerous and capricious enforcement programs, a responsible reform proposal should grant the necessary resources to the agencies tasked with processing the scores of new applications we know will result from any new law.

MIRA, a coalition of faith communities, labor unions, community organizations, and services providers, looks forward to working with Missouri’s Congressional Delegation to ensure access to the American Dream for all of Missourians, and to make all feel welcome in our communities, regardless of their place of birth.

Join us for Immigration Advocacy Day March 6!

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Our elected officials hear all kinds of things about immigrants and refugees.

They hear from national anti-immigration organizations
They hear from talking heads on cable news
They hear from politicians in states like Arizona
But now, more than ever, your senators and representatives need to hear from YOU!

Annual Immigration Advocacy Day

When: Wednesday, March 6
Where: 301 W High Street, Room 493
Jefferson City, MO

Our group will be gathering in the morning first at the Truman State Office Building across the street from the Capitol. From there, we will walk across the street for the rest of the day.

This is your chance to meet with lawmakers face-to-face to discuss what’s important to immigrants in your community. Click here to register!

Never been to the Capitol before?  No problem!  We will teach you how to get a meeting with legislators, how to talk about our legislation, and provide you with all the materials you need.  Carpools will be organized from different parts of the state.  If you’re interested, indicate on your registration.

Register today!

Call 314-669-1288 or email with any questions.


Labor Immigration Conference

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Join us!

This conference for shop stewards, organizers, business agents and other union leaders will feature a presentation by Jack Strauss, Ph. D., director of Simon Center for Regional Economic Forecasting Research at Saint Louis University, on the impact of immigrants and refugees on the regional economy. Issues Training session by Vanessa Crawford Aragon of Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates and an Organizers Panel will also be held.

This event will take place:

Friday, February 22, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
IPUAT District Council 2
2501 59th Street
St. Louis, MO 63110

IPUAT District Council 2
2501 59th Street
St. Louis, MO 63110

This event is free of charge and sponsored by Greater St. Louis Labor Council, Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, and the MU Labor Education Program. 


RSVP to Vanessa at or call 314-669-1288.