The following is a press release from the Framingham League of Women Voters
FRAMINGHAM _ The Framingham League of Women Voters (LWV) is hosting its next Informed Framingham event on Wednesday, May 30 from 7-9 p.m. at BRACE, 560 Waverly Street in Framingham.
This event will be about immigration and will feature Marion Davis, Director of Communications for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), and Diego Low from the MetroWest Worker Center.
We will also have a representative from the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Here in the U.S. we are currently facing the most hostile environment for immigrants in recent memory.
Everyone has questions and concerns, whether you are an immigrant, or a concerned citizen about the issues involved in our immigration policy. This event will be informational for all residents of Framingham, and our speakers will answer your questions and offer insights and facts that will help us all better understand this
issue. The LWV is committed to serving our city by being a strong and unifying force in our community. Each of these organizations joining us for this important event brings experience, support, and resources to help us all work together on this issue.
“Immigrants make up approximately 20 percent of the workforce. They add $8.5 billion to the MetroWest and Milford-area economy. This topic is one that impacts all of us,” says Stephanie Deeley, President of the Framingham LWV. “We hope that by holding this event for all residents of Framingham we can begin a dialog
that will help all of us to make good decisions based on facts.”
MIRA is a respected leader on immigrant issues at the state and national levels, and an authoritative source of information and policy analysis for policymakers, advocates, immigrant communities and the media. In its third decade, MIRA has undertaken several major initiatives, from English for New Bostonians and English Works, two major efforts seeking to improve English learning opportunities for adult immigrants — to producing the Commonwealth’s New Americans Agenda, the most comprehensive study on immigrant integration in the nation. The Agenda not only shaped Massachusetts state policies, but also served as a model for national
policies adopted under President Obama.
MIRA was also a co-founder of the National Partnership for New Americans, established in 2010 to give a more prominent voice to state immigrant and refugee advocacy coalitions in Washington, D.C.
MetroWest Worker Center is an immigrant worker-led organization based in the MetroWest area whichorganizes to defend and expand the labor, civil, and human rights of all workers.
Join us for this event to learn more about the current state of immigration policy in our country, and to find out more about the resources available to help if you are an immigrant with questions about your future.