Philadelphia (June 27, 2013) - The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization with nearly 100 years of experience working to support the needs and aspirations of communities across the globe, including immigrant communities in the U.S. We are deeply concerned that the Legal Workforce Act (HR 1772) and the SKILLS Visa Act (HR 2131) will only continue to perpetuate the heartbreaking impacts of the broken, punitive, and unjust U.S. immigration system we see daily in our work.
At the writing of this commentary, the Senate is on the verge of approving a final “deal.” AFSC staff have been attentive to news reports and chatter from inside the DC Beltway. What is clear is that the final Senate product will be much worse than anticipated, especially for southern border communities, and immigrant workers. No amount of positive amendments can improve the bill at this point. However the bill’s provisions are not the focus of this week’s commentary.
In the middle of May 2013, Kofi (whose name was changed for this story) was detained and deported to his home country in Africa. The family he left behind—including a girlfriend and two children—are struggling with his absence, unsure of their future or his fate. Listen to the story of this family, and hear how the AFSC community in Newark is speaking out against his deportation and others that tear apart families.
AFSC staff, interns and members of New Garden Friends Meeting travel to the NC state capitol to protest regressive policies
On June 3rd, AFSC-NC organized fourteen staff, interns and members of the New Garden Friends Meeting to travel to Raleigh to join 1,600 others to rally outside the North Carolina Legislature. The rally was the fifth “Moral Monday” organized by the North Carolina NAACP, to protest the regressive agenda being pushed through by the radically conservative legislature that cuts access to public education, health care, other social programs, and restricts voting rights.
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