From bored to energized and hopeful, young Latinas in Iowa recently changed their view about the legislative process and their potential to create change. Aided by Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, this group of girls, called the Mariposas, identified issues important to them, such as the Iowa version of the federal DREAM Act. Sandra explains more in this five-minute interview with Jon Krieg of AFSC's Central Regional Office in Des Moines.
This week’s failure by the Senate to take up the defense spending authorization bill also has derailed action on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. That act would have created a path to citizenship for undocumented youth who go to college or enter the military.
The AFSC views this delay as an opportunity to foster dialogue among immigrant rights groups, so that all undocumented youth can achieve their hopes and aspirations.