Massachusetts Families, Community Leaders Announce Plans to Win Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2013

Press conference features families hurt by current immigration system, announces actions to come

BOSTON – At 11 a.m. on Monday at Boston City Hall, leaders from labor, faith, and government will join with the New England Keeping Families Together Coalition and immigrant families impacted by the failed immigration system to announce “Keeping Families Together,” a new national campaign to pass sensible and humane immigration reform in 2013. The campaign seeks to build on the proposals released this week by a bipartisan group of 8 US Senators and by President Obama, with the goal of achieving humane and fair reform that reduces the backlog of visa applications and provides a pathway to citizenship for those already here.

The families in this campaign will lift the veil on the moral crisis of family separation through a series of events to be announced Monday, escalating to a national mobilization in Washington D.C. in April, organized locally by CASA de Maryland and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

WHAT: Massachusetts launch of the Keeping Families Together campaign and announcement of its role in the national grassroots mobilization for comprehensive, common sense immigration reform.

WHERE: Piemonte Room,
Boston City Hall,
Government Center
Boston, MA

WHEN: 11:00 – 11:30 a.m., Monday, February 4, 2013

WHO: Speakers include:

Eva Millona, Executive Director, MIRA Coalition

Felix G. Arroyo, Boston City Councilor-at-Large

Rocio Saenz, President, SEIU Local 615

Burns Stanfield, President, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization

Michael Curry, Boston Chapter President, NAACP (invited)

Ever Barrera, Salvadoran immigrant and DACA recipient

New England “Keeping Families Together” Coalition community members: Agencia ALPHA, Alliance to Develop Power (ADP), Brazilian Immigrant Center, Brazilian Women’s Group, Centro Latino, Chelsea Collaborative,Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, Community Connections of Brockton, East Boston Ecumenical Community Council (EBECC), Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC), JUNTA for Progressive Action (New Haven, CT), Latinos Unidos de Massachusetts (LUMA), Massachusetts Community Action Network/PICO National Network, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), New Bedford Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts (CEDC), New Hampshire Alliance of Immigrants and Refugees, ¿Oiste?, Roca Inc, Unidad Latina (New Haven, CT), Worcester Immigrant Coalition.


In partnership with its members, MIRA works for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees through policy analysis and advocacy, institutional organizing, training and leadership development, and strategic communications.

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