[On May 28, the Des Moines Register published this opinion piece by Grinnell College President Raynard Kington, MD, PhD. Sandra Sanchez, who directs AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program, wrote this open letter thanking Dr. Kington for his strong stand.]

Dear Dr. Kington,

As an immigrant, as a community activist and as a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative (someone authorized to give legal advice on immigration law), I have had the pleasure to be invited to a few of your classes and conferences at Grinnell College by Associate Professor David Cook-Martin and others.

I want to thank you for your opinion piece in the Des Moines Register. It is a very compelling and honest story, and like you, I am very committed to work on behalf of those who didn’t have a clear path to enter this country legally and to recognize the many contributions unauthorized immigrants have already made to this nation and will continue to make if we provide them with the opportunity to legalize their status -- both those who entered as young children and those who came as adults.

Thank you for leading a college with a progressive and open view about the world, developing critical thinking, and for sharing your family history. Stories like yours are what can move our country in the right direction regarding a humane immigration reform.

Best regards,
Sandra Sanchez
AFSC Immigrants Voice Program Director
4211 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA. 50312
(515) 274-4851 ext. 11
email: ssanchez@afsc.org