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.
[On February 21, 2012, the Iowa House Judiciary Committee passed House File 2156, a bill penalizing employers in Iowa who hire undocumented workers. The bill requires employers to use a national E-Verify program to screen potential workers. Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, explains below and via this five-minute audio why this is bad news for Iowa.]
In this four-minute interview, Hector describes how he found out about AFSC and why he thinks volunteers should give their time freely. Hector and other volunteers are working with Jody Mashek, legal services director of AFSC's Iowa Immigrant Voice Program, as AFSC assists Salvadorans who are renewing their temporary protected status, or TPS.
Lori Chesser is a Senior Shareholder with the Davis Brown Law Firm, and chair of its Immigration Department. As chair of the Iowa Immigration Education Coalition, she is committed to providing factual information and education regarding immigration law and policies for community members, the press and political leaders. She is a frequent speaker and contributor on this topic both locally and nationally.
Sandra Sanchez Talks with Sheriff Bill McCarthy about Secure Communities, Dec. 2011
In this December 15, 2011 interview on La Reina radio, Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immmigrants Voice Program Director, talks with Sheriff Bill McCarthy from Polk County Iowa about many of the problems with the so-called "Secure Communities" program.
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