Immigration

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After detention and decades of waiting, family can apply for green cards

Fredd Reyes

Fredd Reyes (right) and his wife Valentina Pavone Reyes-Sagastume.

For Fredd Reyes, the U.S. is home. He’s lived here since he was two years old and has no memory of his native Guatemala. Fredd’s friends did not know he was living in the country without documents until he was arrested, detained, and threatened with deportation.

New U.S. citizens in Miami celebrate

In November, just a week after the U.S. presidential election in which immigration issues played a prominent role, over 200 Miami-area residents gathered together to celebrate their new status as U.S. citizens.

Each student took the stage to shake the hand of their teacher, Paul-Andre Mondesir, AFSC’s Haitian community social advocate, who guided them through the complex path to becoming a citizen in the twice-weekly class he teaches in a tiny strip mall storefront.

To heal the world: Building an immigrant rights movement in Denver

Fair treatment of all residents of Denver is the focus of the grassroots immigrant rights movement that has built up over the past few decades. 

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Fair treatment of all residents of Denver is the focus of the grassroots immigrant rights movement that has built up over the past few decades. 

To heal the world: Building an immigrants' rights movement in Denver (podcast)

Families belong together

Press conference in front of Senator Bennet's office Denver 

What do safe communities really look like? For AFSC in Denver, the answer can only be found by bringing together immigrants and non-immigrants to work together to ensure the fair treatment of all of the city's residents and work for equal human rights. 

Recommended films on immigration

Compiled by Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, a list of DVDs and VHS on the subject of immigration to help educate you and your community about the issues.

Film discussion questions

Compiled by Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, a list of discussion quetsions to explore ethical issues raised by any film

Recommended reading on immigration

Volunteer at Pembroke arranging books in library.

Volunteer at Pembroke arranging books in library.

Bishnu, a student at Sullivan High School in Chicago, ILis arranging the books at the Pembrooke library. Visiting and helping with the library was one of the three projects that the summer institute students did during the peace here.there..everywhere summer institute.

Compiled by Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, a list of books--both fiction and non-fiction--about immigration, immigrant stories and immigrant justice.

Create a letter writing ladder

From Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, learn how your meeting can form a letter-writing ladder and change the conversation around immigration reform in your community.

Adopt a policy maker

Congressional Briefing: How US Policy Impacts Us

Participants at the Congressional Hearings

Laila El-Haddad, Helena Cobban and Elik Elhanan at the Congressional Briefing.

Adopt a policy maker and let them know why immigrants deserve humane immigration reform.

Undocumented and unafraid: 67 Sueños (Dreams)

“There is no greater agony than carrying an untold story inside of you.” – Maya Angelou

I spent a day with Pablo Paredes and a few of the courageous immigrant youth with whom he works when I was in San Francisco in December. Pablo is AFSC program director for 67 Sueños, a youth-led program that works to make visible the stories and dreams of undocumented youth who are often left out of the immigration debate.

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67 Sueños Mural Detail

67 Sueños Mural Detail

67 Sueños Mural Detail

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