This young woman shared about the challenges of living without papers--including limited access to education, jobs and a driver's license--at a recent documentary film showing co-sponsored by IVP in Des Moines.
By Jon Krieg
Adolescence is hard enough under the best of circumstances. Peer pressure, family conflicts, acne – these and other stimuli make high school graduation a joy for most of us.
But for undocumented students, the final two years of high school can be especially bittersweet. Although the U.S. Supreme Court guarantees access to K-12 public education for all children, regardless of immigration status, education and work prospects for undocumented youth after high school are very often limited. Even getting a driver’s license is out of the question.
AFSC staff have expressed their sorrow about the death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, an immigrant who died after being tasered by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent during Memorial Day weekend. A father of five children who were born in the United States, Hernandez was recently deported to Mexico after living in the U.S. for many years.
AFSC, along with immigrant community partners, have long called for a demilitarization of the Mexico-U.S. border and new policies that protect the rights and dignity of all, including immigrants.
Sandra Sanchez of AFSC presenting "Immigration 101" in Spanish
Sandra Sanchez, AFSC IVP Director, leads monthly workshops for first-time offenders who are Spanish-speaking immigrants. Click here to read more about it. Part of her presentation covers immigration basics in Spanish. Above is part one; below are links to the final three parts of her presentation:
Jon Krieg is a Senior Administrative Associate for AFSC’s Central Region. For more information on AFSC’s work in Iowa, including a video of Sandra’s immigration workshop in Spanish, please visit the Immigrants Voice Project page at www.afsc.org/iowa.
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