MIRA Spreads Hope of Immigration Reform
That's the main message the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates wanted Missourians to remember Tuesday. MIRA is made up of more than 15 organizations that want to make Missouri a more welcoming place for immigrants and refugees. Currently MIRA is working on new legislation to create new citizens.
"A path to citizenship for people who want to enter that path and that there is an opportunity to reunite families that are so far behind in terms of being able to bring their spouses, children and their loved ones here," said Joan Suarez of MIRA.
With the support of Sen. Bray and Rep. John Bownman, MIRA hopes they will be able to fix what they call a broken federal immigration system. Several other organizations agree with the lawmakers.
"When you're in a country try to learn it and get educated about the laws and you know rules and learn english ... But it takes time," said Francisco Martinez, with the Labor Coucil for Latin American Advancement.
Time and rights that MIRA is trying to give to immigrants and refugees. MIRA is currently lobbying legislators hoping to create new laws for immigrants and refugees. The group says they've lined up about 20 house lawmakers to support their agenda.