Imagine sitting in a room when, all of a sudden, the lights go out. Without warning the ability to navigate the room and the comfort of knowing where things are is lost in darkness. If you, like me, are afraid of the dark you know the worst part is having to get up and feel through the blackness and uncertainty for the light switch. On Wednesday, April 20, 2011, the young boys and girls who are not afraid to talk about their undocumented immigrant status felt real fear when the County College of Morris board turned out the lights on what was sure to be a promising and rewa
AFSC Colorado has recently been involved in several presentations and interactive workshops on immigration at Regis University in Denver. Gabriela Flora, AFSC Project Voice Regional Organizer, was on a panel with our newest AFSC Colorado Area Program Committee member, Tania Valenzuela, one of two undocumented Regis students who shared their stories and challenged the university, students and community at large to become more involved.
Here is the link to the article on the panel that was on the front page of Regis’ weekly newspaper:
As part of the JustFaith immigration immersion, Trinity will be hosting a showing of Papers, a lengthy documentary about undocumented students and the wall they come up against in attempting to further their education on graduation from high school. It highlights several students whose situations are quite different.
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.
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.
Iowa Act discussion with Marshalltown youth to follow the movie.
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