Dreamers and allies gather at AFSC following their meeting with U.S. Rep. Tom Latham to discuss the need for comprehensive immigration reform.
Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform met with U.S. Rep. Tom Latham and staff at his Des Moines office on May 10, 2013. Hector Salamanca, AFSC Latino Youth Organizer, set up the meeting, and Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, facilitated a follow-up discussion.
Iowa Dreamers and allies advocate for comprehensive immigration reform at a May town hall meeting in Boone, Iowa hosted by Senator Charles Grassley. From left: Antonia Rivera, Sandra Sanchez, Jan Flora, Hector Salamanca and Tess Boylan.
By Hector Salamanca, AFSC Iowa Latino Youth Organizer Intern
I went to a recent town hall meeting in Boone, Iowa for a reason, and that was to ask Senator Chuck Grassley what his views were on the current Immigration bill. I was completely unprepared for what awaited me at the town hall and whether or not it was going to be a tough crowd or a supportive crowd that cared about immigration reform.
The Rally for Tuition Equity for DREAMers and the public hearing where Jersey City’s officials passed the resolution* unanimously was an incredible experience. The tuition equality bill, currently pending before the New Jersey legislature, would allow the so-called NJ DREAMers (a term used to describe undocumented students who were brought to the United States at a young age) equal access to higher education in the state through paying in-state tuition rates.
Lizeth Ornelas is active with a group of Iowa Dreamers working with AFSC. In this two-minute video, she talks about the recent big win on driver's licenses and the current struggle for in-state tuition for Dreamers.
For more information, please contact Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, at SSanchez@afsc.org or 515-274-4851, ext. 11.
On Marting Luther King, Jr. Day, please join us for a press conference and peaceful gathering to ask DOT director Paul Trombino to change his mind about denying drivers’ licenses to Deferred Action youth. This is the time to act!
Getting her deferred action approval meant Yazmin, a longtime advocate for immigration policy reform who graduated from college last year, could get a job.
In June, when high school junior Ivania heard the news about a new immigration policy, she thought for a moment that this was it—that Congress had passed the DREAM Act. Maybe medical school was not too much of a stretch after all; maybe she would be able to qualify for grants and get a part-time job to pay for a psychology degree at the University of Iowa.
Favor de comunicar la información acerca de esta oportunidad para entender la Acción Diferida para Llegados como Menores de Edad o por sus siglas en inglés DACA: una presentación a través de la Web patrocinada por el Programa Voz de los Inmigrantes del AFSC que tomará lugar el martes 23 de octubre de 11 am a 12:30 pm tiempo del Centro; y es completamente gratis. Cualquier persona u organización de cualquier parte del país puede registrarse a la presentación Web.
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