Press Release: 2021-04-07

The Senate must move on immigration reform

Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

The Senate must move on immigration reform

MIRA thanks you so much for your labor, effort and contributions to our cause. Because your work and the work of so many like you, we now stand at the precipice of seeing major immigration reforms come to pass - as long as the Senate acts.

Several key pieces of legislation have now either passed the House of Representatives or are being considered by the Senate, each with their own distinct measures and importance for immigrants and the children of immigrants across the United States.
  • HR.6 The American Dream and Promise Act was passed by the House of Representatives in March 2021, by 228-197 votes, with 9 Republicans joining all 219 Democrats to vote in favor of the measure. The bill would offer legal status to about 2 million Dreamers  through “conditional permanent resident status,” help TPS holders to get green cards, and protect individuals eligible for the bills protections from DHS deportation actions, among other considerations. In the Senate, at least 10 Republicans would need to join the 50 Senate Democrats to break a filibuster and pass the bill into law.
  • HR.1603 - The Farm Workforce Modernization Act was passed by the House the same day as HR.6, with specific reforms targeted at addressing the migration of foreign labor to work in U.S. Agriculture. It would build a new temporary worker visa program for undocumented farmworkers already in the U.S., provide certain protections for employees, their families, and employers, and reform existing E-Verify systems. 
Other Legislation
  • The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 was introduced to Congress almost immediately upon President Joe Biden’s inauguration, and is more comprehensive and far-reaching than either HR.6 or HR.1603. It would create a roadmap to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants,reform family-based immigration systems, and address some of the root causes of migration by increasing assistance to the countries most impacted by U.S. policies and which send the largest number of migrants annually. Unfortunately, this more comprehensive bill faces stiffer opposition in both the House and Senate, and neither chamber has passed it.
It is vital and long past time for the United States to reform and modernize its immigration system, building one that truly works for all residents, for the economy, and can truly be called a 21st century immigration framework. I hope we can count on your support as we continue to push for critical legislative changes.
With deep appreciation,

Eva Millona
 
- MIRA Weekly Updates -


1. Redistricting - Did you know that redistricting is happening in 2021? Drawing Democracy is a grassroots coalition committed to organizing and advocating for a transparent redistricting process in Massachusetts that fairly represents BIPOC communities, low-income people and immigrants. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter, follow them on Twitter and Facebook, and check out their website for more information about how you can get involved in the process!
2. Save the Date! - On April 13 9:30-10:30 EST, we will host a roundtable discussion on immigration with Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, Anh Vu Sawyer, the Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Coalition, and more advocates and directly impacted people. Please register today!
3. In the fall of 2020, MIRA Coalition met with 37 staff in early education, K-12, and adult education settings to learn about family and parent programming in immigrant-rich communities. Read our Voices from the Field report here!
Read Here!
4. Phonebank for Driving Families Forward Campaign!

Register here to join one of our Driving Families Forward Phone Banks hosted by our coalition partners every other Wednesday from 5-7PM!

 
- News -

 

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Boston implements Vaccine Equity Grant Initiative


U.S. Rep. Clark, advocates look for pathway to immigration reform


 
- MIRA Member Spotlight  -



Each week, we’ll be using this space to spotlight our outstanding MIRA members and the work they do for their communities. This week, we’re spotlighting the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, also known as ATASK



ATASK is a community organization serving pan-Asian survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. They provide services in Greater Boston and Greater Lowell and offer some assistance in other cities throughout Massachusetts and New England.

They currently provide services in 18 Asian languages and dialects. Their mission is to prevent domestic and intimate partner violence in Asian families and communities and to provide hope to survivors. ATASK is committed to serving survivors of domestic violence representing all ages, ability levels, education levels, race, national origin, cultures, religions, gender identities, and sexual orientations.