Take action and support DACA students

September 2nd, 2015

Lawmakers and Administrators:

End Discrimination Against Immigrant Students!DACA students petition

A non-binding, unconstitutional insertion in the state budget for the Department of Higher Education has resulted in colleges around the state raising tuition rates and revoking scholarships for some immigrant students.  As a result of these changes, many DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students are unable to attend college.

This discrimination must stop!  Sign our petition to tell college administrators to stop voluntarily complying with discriminatory policies and state legislators to end their agenda of discrimination against immigrant students.

Sign Here 

MIRA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

August 20th, 2015


Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates’ 10th Anniversary Celebration

This year is MIRA’s 10th anniversary. To celebrate we are hosting two events in Kansas City and St. Louis. Please join us and buy tickets today. We also invite you to become a host or sponsor of the events.

St. Louis: November 12th 5-7 pm, 1223 Pine St.


Kansas City: November 21st 5-8 pm, 3900 Troost Ave.


Host and sponsored Ads will appear in the Art Show Exhibit Book which will be made available to everyone who views the art exhibit and who attend any of the 10th Anniversary Events. The Exhibit Book will be 8 1/2 X 11 inches.

Become a Host or Sponsor

Free Webinar

August 13th, 2015

The Immigrant Service Provider Network Presents: 

Understanding the Immigrant Client’s Experience 

September 2nd, 2015 1:00 – 2:00 pm 

Registration now open.

Stop Discrimination against Missouri’s DREAMers!

July 22nd, 2015

You may have seen the news, just a month before classes start, Missouri DREAMers at several colleges and universities are beingblind-sided by skyrocketing tuition and a loss of scholarships!

We should be encouraging as many students as possible to excel in college, not to discouraging immigrant students from seeking a college degree in the state we call home.

We need Governor Jay Nixon to use his power  to end discrimination against Missouri’s immigrant students

Take action and support immigrant students today!

MIRA Statement on Gov. Nixon’s Veto of SB 224

July 11th, 2015

Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates welcome’s Governor Nixon’s veto of SB 224, which would prevent immigrant students from accessing Missouri’s A+ Scholarship program.  Gov. Nixon is quite right that the students harmed by this bill are some of Missouri’s best students, excelling in Missouri high schools and volunteering in the community as part of the program’s eligibility standards.  Barring them from receiving this scholarship on the basis of their immigration status is not only discriminatory, but it is counterproductive to discourage local students from obtaining a college degree in an economic reality where states and localities are competing to recruit the best and brightest.

While we applaud this action on SB 224, another policy passed by the legislature this year is creating another barrier to education for Missouri’s immigrant students.  Legally non-binding title language in HB 3, the appropriations bill for the Department of Higher Education, contained instructive language to colleges and universities to charge students who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals relief (DACA) out-of-state or international tuition rates as well as revoking their institutional scholarships.  While this language is non-binding, some universities have begun to notify students that their tuition rates are skyrocketing and their scholarships are being revoked, as soon as this coming semester.

“We thank Gov. Nixon for taking a stand for immigrant students by vetoing SB 224,” said MIRA’s Executive Director, Vanessa Crawford Aragón.  “But as long as schools are raising tuition rates and revoking scholarships for DACA students, immigrant Missourians remain discriminated against in access to education.  MIRA calls on Governor Nixon to take a stand on HB3, and to instruct Missouri colleges and universities to stop discrimination against students on the basis of their immigration status.”

Join the Fight! Become a Sustaining Donor Today!

June 3rd, 2015

Together, MIRA has accomplished some big things, and we need your help to take it to the next level!  By using your credit or debit card to make a small monthly contribution to MIRA, you help create a reliable source of income for our organization that allows us to:

  • Respond quickly to threats from the legislature or local governments against immigrant and refugee families
  • Develop new programs to meet community needs.
  • Continue our work to educate policymakers, train new leaders, and expand our efforts to combat discrimination.marchers with banner

 Click here to become a sustaining donor to MIRA.  By donating $10, $15, or $20 on a monthly basis, your contribution helps make Missouri a more welcoming and respectful place for immigrants YEAR-ROUND!


May 4th, 2015

“Looking Among Us: Cross Cultural Connections”


The Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates (MIRA) is seeking two to three Missouri artists to participate in its’ 4th Art Exhibit which opens at the Community Center at Old North on Friday, November 6, 2015, with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The show will be open to the public without charge for three weeks.   The exhibit is anchored by Saint Louis visual artists Dail Chambers and Sukanya Mani.  Chambers addresses her African roots.  Mani, a first generation immigrant, showcases art forms from India.

MIRA seeks additional artists whose work connects with the nation’s multi-cultural heritage, whether by addressing the social, economic, and political obstacles that different groups in our country have faced or by celebrating the diversity that forms us.   Selected artists will produce 15 to 30 pieces, ranging in price from $25 to $350, for exhibition.  MIRA will retain 30 percent of all sales, and selected artists will receive 70 percent of all sales.

Artists interested in participating are asked to submit a completed entry form and a maximum of four (4) jpeg images or slides by the close of business on Friday, July 3, 2015.

The jurors reserve the right to make all decisions regarding eligibility of work.  There is NO entry fee for this show.  Each slide or digital image submitted should indicate artist’s first and last name, title, medium, and dimensions. Digital images or slides will be accepted with a completed entry form. Selected artists will be notified no later than Friday, July 24, 2015.

DAPA Pre-Screening Workshops

March 13th, 2015

Join MIRA and the Immigrant Service Provider Network for our DAPA  pre-screening workshops. These workshops are  an opportunity for community members to get prepared to file DAPA applications later this year.  All workshops will be at 1-5 pm.
Sunday, March 22nd : St. Charles Borromeo

Sunday, April 12th: St. Cecilia

Sunday, April 26th: Holy Trinity
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Logistics for 2015 Immigration Advocacy Day!

March 5th, 2015

We are looking forward to seeing everyone attending Immigration Advocacy Day on Tuesday at 9AM in Room 490 of the Truman State Office Building, across the street from the Capitol.

If you are planning on attending this Tuesday, March 10, please note these important details.


Some organizations are coordinating transportation for their own members.  If you are traveling as part of a larger group, please defer to those organizers for travel details.  You must reserve your place to be guaranteed a seat in the carpool. If you did not indicate that you would like to carpool on when you registered, please see the contact info below.

From St Louis: The St Louis carpool will be meeting at the SEIU Local 1 Building at 6:30 am, planning to depart by 7 am. The office is located at 2725 Clifton Ave, St Louis 63139.  Parking is behind the building.

For questions about the St Louis carpool, please contact David at 314-669-1288 or david@mira-mo.org.

Kansas City:  The Kansas City carpool will be meeting at Sacred Heart of Guadalupe at 6:00am, planning to depart by 6:30am. The church is located at 2544 Madison Ave, Kansas City, 64108.

For questions about the Kansas City carpool, please contact Vanessa at 314-669-1288 or vanessa@mira-mo.org.

Parking in Jefferson City:

The Capitol Building is located at 201 W Capitol Avenue in Jefferson City.  There is free public parking in the lots to the west of the Capitol Building.   There is a paid parking garage at the corner of Capitol Ave and Madison east of the building.

Meeting Up:

Our group will be meeting in the Truman State Office Building across the street from the State Capitol.  301 W High Street, Room 490.  There, we will do check-in, distribute materials, and conduct a training.  From there, we will walk across the street to the Capitol.


A sack lunch will be provided at 1:00pm at the Truman State Office Building Room 490.  Vegetarian options will be available.


The group is scheduled to depart at 3pm.  If you or your group plan on leaving at a different time, please let us know.


Materials and training will be available in English and Spanish.  If you or someone in your group need accomodations in a different language, please call 314-669-1288.


We have always worked hard to make Advocacy Day free to participants.  While there is no charge, we will be accepting donations to help offset the cost of materials and food.  There will be opportunities to make a contribution in Jefferson City on Tuesday.

Any questions?

Call Audrey at 314-669-1288 or email audrey@mira-mo.org with any questions!

Stand Up for Immigrant Students!

February 6th, 2015

The Missouri House is at it again!  This time, the House Higher Education Committee is considering HB 187, a bill designed to make it harder for DREAMers and other immigrant students to go to college.  CLICK HERE to tell the committee to STOP discriminating against immigrant students.

HB 187 is one of several bills introduced this session aimed at making college less accessible for DACA recipients and other immigrant students.  Missouri should be in the business of encouraging as many students as possible get a college education.  Not discriminating against some students because of the country where they were born.  Tell the House Higher Education Committee to VOTE NO on HB 187.