Iowa DREAMers visited the state capitol on March 20 to thank state senators for co-sponsoring a bill allowing them to pay in-state tuition at state universities. They also spoke with legislators still opposed to bill or on the fence. See more photos.
In June 2012, President Obama announced that immigrant youth who meet certain qualifications can apply for work permits through a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Though this is a step in the right direction, more change is needed to create a just immigration system for young people.
An AFSC Iowa volunteer and Dreamer, Hector Salamanca talks about his organizing work at the recent Latino Festival in Des Moines, the goal of in-state tuition for immigrant youth, and his chance encounter with U.S. Senator Tom Harkin.
AFSC Immigrant Rights Program provides legal services to eligible young people. If you are interested and think you qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), you will need to call our office number: 973-643-1924 to make an appointment. Prior to your appointment, you will need to fill out the Intake Form and collect all necessary documents listed under "DACA-What You Need to Know-Documents," both attached. You should check out our "DACA Document Check List" and collect as many documents as possible to bring to your appointment.
Sanchez and Benzoni on Deferred Action for DREAMers, June 2012
In this Spanish-language radio interview, Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, talks with Des Moines immigration attorney Jim Benzoni about the recently announced "Deferred Action" program for certain undocumented youth, known as "DREAMers."
Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, speaks at a rally following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision regarding SB 1070, Arizona's anti-immigrant law. For a set of photos from the rally, click here.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced on June 15, 2012 that undocumented immigrant youth who meet certain requirements will no longer face the threat of deportation. You can read the DHS release here in English and here in Spanish.
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