MIRA

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A State Senate panel assigned to study immigration issues in Missouri held its final meeting today in Jefferson City.

Some of the discussion focused on so-called “anti-immigrant” comments made on the House and Senate floors in recent years.  Vanessa Crawford Aragon is Executive Director of Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates.  She told committee chair Senator John Lamping (R, Ladue) that inflammatory speeches by some lawmakers have made life harder for immigrants in Missouri and they need to tone it down.

Juan Montana

The organization Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, 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.

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.

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Missouri officials are both praising and condemning President Obama’s executive order today that halts deportation of teenage and young adult illegal immigrants.

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Around 300 people rallied at the Missouri Capitol today to protest two bills backers say are designed to combat illegal immigration.

Rally leaders were especially critical of a Senate bill that would require all law officers to check the immigration status of those they stop, detain or arrest if they have a “reasonable suspicion” that they’re in the country illegally (SB 590).  Vanessa Crawford is Executive Director of the group Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates.