MIRA Raises Concern About Immigration ProposalBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 03 May 2013 11:50am |
Members of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA) say they support many of the immigration reforms being proposed by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators. The group is voicing its concerns over parts of the proposal to Mississippi's congressional delegation.
About five members of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance made a surprise visit to the Jackson office of Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran on Thursday.
In the absence of Senator Cochran, Patrica Ice, the groups legal director expressed their concerns over the proposed changes to immigration to Sen. Cochran's staff member, Brad Davis.
Ice says her group would like the Senator to support immigration legislation that includes permanent residence for all immigrant families.
"So that persons who are United States citizens, who have same sex partners, we would like for them to be able to petition for their family member, they can't do that now because of the Defense Against Marriage Act," says Ice.
Ice says she would also like to see adjustments made to the current proposal because it creates a complicated path for citizenship and does little to address worker rights.
"We feel that the guest worker program is very abusive to many of the workers, so we would like to see them get a permanent visa rather than some type of temporary visa," she continues.
While the group is pressing Senator Cochran to side with them on immigration reform, Brad Davis says the senator has not yet stated his position on the issue.
"It seems that the Senate is several weeks at least away from it being on the floor where all Senators get a chance to offer amendments and debate so as of now, he's watching and seeing what happens just like so many other people," says Davis.
Experts say there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.
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