MIRA

Immigration
6:15 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Immigrant Advocates Ask Mo. Lawmakers To Resist Negative Rhetoric And Immigrant-Unfriendly Bills

Members of the Mo. Senate's Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigration hear testimony from Sister Peggy Bonnot of El Puente Hispanic Ministry in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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Cityscape
9:26 am
Mon November 12, 2012

'The Missouri Immigrant Experience' Examines Life On Coming To America

Juan Montana photo
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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Young illegal immigrants
5:18 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Mo. officials react to Pres. Obama's executive order on immigration

A group of young people attended a pro-immigration rally at the Mo. Capitol on March 6th, 2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

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

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Immigrant Rally
4:01 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Rally at Mo. Capitol to oppose "anti-immigrant" bills

About 300 people rallied outside the Mo. Capitol against 2 immigration-related bills.
(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.

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