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The Immigration Debate in Mississippi

The Immigration Debate in Mississippi

Immigration

Mississippi Immigrant Rights Group Calls for Action from Lawmakers

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Members and supporters of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance held a rally to urge lawmakers to pass legislation to make life better for the state's documented and undocumented immigrants.

Politics

Espy on Mississippi Stereotypes, Public Schools and Immigration at Jackson Forum

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U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy addressed Jacksonians at a community forum on Nov. 14 where he expounded upon and set the record straight about his stances, including his response to viral "public hanging" comments from his competitor, incumbent U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Immigration

Mississippi Immigrants: Organize Against ‘Atrocities’

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"Get out of our country, you don't belong!" When Melinda Medina hears those words, she feels sad for the person targeting her as a Hispanic woman who descends from a Mexican family.

Immigration

OPINION: Trump Administration Implicit or Explicit in the Trafficking and Slavery of Immigrant Children?

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Ask yourself, “Why are these children being moved, and why are they being moved to specific locations so far away from the border and their parents?”

Civil Rights

OPINION: Independence Week and the Delusion of Freedom

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“The delusion of freedom is far more dangerous, Than any jail cell or cramped cages” —G.Be

Immigration

Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus Wants Recall of Troops from Border

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The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus is asking Gov. Phil Bryant to recall the Mississippi National Guard from the U.S.' southern border and refuse to send more troops.

Editor's Note

EDITOR'S NOTE: America, We Must Stop De-humanizing Our Children

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As a child in the 1960s and 1970s, I was a bit of a freak of nature in my hometown of Philadelphia, Miss. You could call me sensitive or soft-hearted, or as the odd insult still goes, I had a bleeding heart.

Editorial

EDITORIAL: Feds Must Stop Cruel Deportations, Rethink ‘War on Drugs’

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are arresting more undocumented immigrants now than under the previous administration—nonviolent undocumented men and women as Donald Trump uses scare tactics about dangerous immigrant gangs to justify deportations and splitting up families for just the crime of being undocumented.

Civil Rights

OPINION: Immigration and the First Amendment

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My late friend Marty Fishgold, a longtime labor writer in New York City, liked to say that "good journalism is a subversive activity" because it tells truth to power.

Immigration

Mississippi Outs Legal Immigrants on Drivers' Licenses

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Abigail Pina Mandujano had to start carrying her visa with her when she drives because her license is not enough to fend off questions from law-enforcement officials at roadblocks, she says.

City & County

Mayor Refutes Ethics Complaint Claiming JPD Destroys Immigration Records

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In one of his more assertive and direct public statements, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba refuted an ethics complaint from a local conservative think tank accusing the City of Jackson of destroying immigration records called detainers.

City & County

An Immigration Fight on Multiple Fronts

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The City of Jackson's anti-profiling ordinance will stay on the books, as far as Chokwe A. Lumumba is concerned.

City & County

Mayor Lumumba Backs 'Dreamers,' Calls on Trump to Preserve DACA


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Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is calling on President Donald Trump to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, known as DACA. Lumumba signed the "We Are With Dreamers" letter today, which includes governors, state and municipal leaders, and faith leaders throughout the country.

Immigration

ICE Releases Daniela Vargas Under Order of Supervision

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Daniela Vargas, the 22-year-old undocumented immigrant who grew up in Mississippi and was detained after speaking out at a press conference in Jackson, is free from federal custody as of today.

Immigration

Hostility to Immigrants Breeds 'Constant State of Fear,' Advocates Say

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Business owners, pastors and lawyers gathered outside Jackson City Hall Wednesday to voice concerns for the hostility shown toward immigrants in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive orders and recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in Jackson.

City & County

ICE Plans to Deport Daniela Vargas Without Hearing, Attorney Says

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Daniela Vargas, a 22-year-old undocumented immigrant who grew up in Mississippi, is in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody with no bond and will not get a hearing before an immigration judge, her lawyer said this afternoon.

Civil Rights

Immigrant Supporters: Keep Jackson a 'Sanctuary City'

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Supporters of immigrant rights turned out Tuesday night to urge the Jackson City Council to keep its Racial and Ethnic Profiling Ordinance in place, despite state and national efforts to force "sanctuary cities" to drop protections of undocumented residents.

Immigration

UPDATED: DACA Immigrant Detained in Jackson After Speaking Out, ICE Responds

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Minutes after leaving a press conference, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained Daniela Vargas, a 22-year-old undocumented immigrant in the process of applying for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status for the third time.

Business

ICE: Mississippi Immigration Investigation Began Year Ago, 8 Eateries Raided in February

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Immigration and customs enforcement agents conducted raids on Feb. 22 after a year-long criminal investigation at local Ichiban restaurants in Flowood and Pearl as well as dining establishments owned by the same owner in Clinton and Meridian.

Civil Rights

After ICE Raid, Immigration Limbo in Mississippi for a Jackson Family

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Daniela Vargas was asleep early on Feb. 15 when she felt her father kiss her goodbye, as he did every morning. It was around 6:30 or 7 a.m., a seemingly normal Wednesday morning—until it wasn't. Just a few minutes later, her father came back, waking her: "Dani, immigration is here!"

Cover

The Facts About Immigration: A Former Border Czar Speaks

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ProPublica sat down to talk with Alan Bersin about the history, politics, rhetoric and reality surrounding the border issues that are driving a fierce national debate during the first weeks of the Trump administration.

Immigration

Mississippi Bill: Let Police Ask About Immigration Status

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The Mississippi Senate voted 32-16 Thursday to approve a bill saying local governments and public colleges can't stop their employees from asking whether a person has entered the U.S. illegally, and can't try to grant any special status to those who've entered illegally.

Civil Rights

Of Racial Profiling and Scarlet Letters

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For a lot of immigrants—especially immigrants of color—part of the relief of becoming a citizen is that you won't get scarlet-letter documents that are different from everyone else's.

Civil Rights

Lawmakers: Stay Off the Trump Immigrant Road

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With a president hell-bent on securing borders and going after undocumented immigrants in the name of drug wars and criminal activity, it is a scary time to not technically be legal.

Editor's Note

‘Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor’

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I've talked about this before, but we are a nation of many immigrants. Unless you're Native American, you can likely trace your roots back somewhere across the seas or down in South and Central America.

Immigration

No Sanctuary: A Rough, Undocumented Road

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Melinda Medina was on a family road trip in summer 2014, returning from a Mobile, Ala., flea market near the Alabama and Mississippi state line when a patrol car suddenly sped up alongside her driver-side window. The cop then dropped back and started following her, his blue lights flashing.

Immigration

'Sanctuary Cities' for Immigrants May Soon Be Illegal in Mississippi

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Mississippi municipalities would be banned from establishing "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants if a Senate bill, which passed to the House of Representatives yesterday, becomes law.

City & County

Crimen Contra Los Latinos: Local Residents, Advocates Decry Violent Attacks

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Nearly one month since Daniel Omar Gomez and Eli Nunez were shot and killed while grilling dinner with loved ones in their Westhaven Drive front yard, approximately 15 Latinos have been victims of homicide or violent crimes in central Mississippi.

City Passes Anti-Profiling Ordinance

Jackson's Anti-Profiling Ordinance (PDF, 224 KB)

Editor's Note

Sanctuary City

Stop the presses. They're calling Jackson a "Sanctuary City." The only one in Mississippi. Pass the Champagne!