From bored to energized and hopeful, young Latinas in Iowa recently changed their view about the legislative process and their potential to create change. Aided by Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, this group of girls, called the Mariposas, identified issues important to them, such as the Iowa version of the federal DREAM Act. Sandra explains more in this five-minute interview with Jon Krieg of AFSC's Central Regional Office in Des Moines.
The DREAM Act “was probably the last measure we are going to see (for awhile) that contained favorable pieces in support of the migrant community,” said Pedro Rios, San Diego director of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker human-rights organization. “It’s ironic that this is probably the most conservative version of the DREAM Act, and yet Congress could not make an effort to reconcile differences to move it forward.”
El Acta de Desarrollo, Alivio y Educación para Menores Extranjeros (DREAM, por sus siglas en inglés) abre una oportunidad para propiciar el diáogo entre los grupos que luchan por los derechos de los inmigrantes, para que las esperanzas y aspiraciones de los jóvenes y de los estudiantes indocumentados no queden limitadas solamente a prestar su servicio en las fuerzas armadas.
Approximately 2 million children who were born outside the U.S. have been raised in this country, share our language and values, and know no other home. Over 140 such students graduate from RI schools each year. Yet upon graduation from high school they find the door to their future slammed shut. Papers documents their stuggles. Some of these students will share their personal stories after the screening.
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