MIRA http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Immigrant Advocates Ask Mo. Lawmakers To Resist Negative Rhetoric And Immigrant-Unfriendly Bills http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/immigrant-advocates-ask-mo-lawmakers-resist-negative-rhetoric-and-immigrant-unfriendly-bills <p>A <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">State Senate</a> panel assigned to study immigration issues in Missouri held its final meeting today in Jefferson City.</p><p>Some of the discussion focused on so-called “anti-immigrant” comments made on the House and Senate floors in recent years.&nbsp; Vanessa Crawford Aragon&nbsp;is Executive Director of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mira-mo.org/wordpress/">Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates</a>.&nbsp; She told committee chair <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem24.htm">Senator John Lamping</a> (R, Ladue)&nbsp;that inflammatory speeches by some lawmakers have made life harder for immigrants in Missouri and they need to tone it down. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:15:30 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7352 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Immigrant Advocates Ask Mo. Lawmakers To Resist Negative Rhetoric And Immigrant-Unfriendly Bills 'The Missouri Immigrant Experience' Examines Life On Coming To America http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-immigrant-experience-examines-life-coming-america <p>The organization <a href="http://www.mira-mo.org/wordpress/">Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates</a>, or MIRA, is presenting their third annual visual exhibition “The Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces and Places” at Old North Restoration Group from November 9 – December 2.</p><p>The photography exhibition features the images of local photographers Juan Montana and Bosnia native Amela Sinijac, in addition to historical photographs provided by the Missouri Historical Society.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:26:32 +0000 Erin Williams 6327 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'The Missouri Immigrant Experience' Examines Life On Coming To America Mo. officials react to Pres. Obama's executive order on immigration http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-officials-react-pres-obamas-executive-order-immigration <p>Missouri officials are both praising and condemning <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama">President Obama&rsquo;s </a><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration">executive order </a>today that halts deportation of teenage and young adult illegal immigrants.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 22:18:27 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3923 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. officials react to Pres. Obama's executive order on immigration Rally at Mo. Capitol to oppose "anti-immigrant" bills http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rally-mo-capitol-oppose-anti-immigrant-bills <p>Around 300 people rallied at the Missouri Capitol today to protest two bills backers say are designed to combat illegal immigration.</p><p>Rally leaders were especially critical of a Senate bill <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=9262">that would require all law officers to check the immigration status</a> of those they stop, detain or arrest if they have a &ldquo;reasonable suspicion&rdquo; that they&rsquo;re in the country illegally (SB 590).&nbsp; Vanessa Crawford&nbsp;is Executive&nbsp;Director of&nbsp;the group<a href="http://mira-mo.org/wordpress/"> Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates</a>. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 22:01:02 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3215 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rally at Mo. Capitol to oppose "anti-immigrant" bills