Dreamers

Iowans hit the streets for immigration reform

Led by immigrant youth known as Dreamers, nearly 300 immigrants and allies marched and rallied in Des Moines on June 15 to call for comprehensive immigration reform now. AFSC joined with 20 other organizations in planning the event.

In search of evidence in Des Moines

It was a dark and stormy night….

OK, not really. But sometimes Jody Mashek’s job as Immigration Legal Service Director for AFSC in Iowa can feel a little like detective work.

Since the Obama administration began accepting applications for Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) last year, Jody and a team of volunteers have helped over 150 qualified immigrant youth apply and obtain lawful status in the United States for two years, with the hope of renewal.

Dreamers and allies reflect on Congressional visit

Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform met with U.S. Rep. Tom Latham and staff at his Des Moines office on May 10, 2013. Hector Salamanca, AFSC Latino Youth Organizer, set up the meeting, and Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, facilitated a follow-up discussion.

Dreamer talks immigration reform with Senator Grassley

By Hector Salamanca, AFSC Iowa Latino Youth Organizer Intern

I went to a recent town hall meeting in Boone, Iowa for a reason, and that was to ask Senator Chuck Grassley what his views were on the current Immigration bill. I was completely unprepared for what awaited me at the town hall and whether or not it was going to be a tough crowd or a supportive crowd that cared about immigration reform.

Iowa Dreamers call for and win driver's licenses

With help from AFSC, a group of Iowa Dreamers call for (and soon win) driver's licenses. This January 21, 2013 clip is from KCCI TV in Des Moines.

An Intern's Witness of Youth Organizing

The Rally for Tuition Equity for DREAMers and the public hearing where Jersey City’s officials passed the resolution* unanimously was an incredible experience. The tuition equality bill, currently pending before the New Jersey legislature, would allow the so-called NJ DREAMers (a term used to describe undocumented students who were brought to the United States at a young age) equal access to higher education in the state through paying in-state tuition rates.

Iowa Dreamers show their drive

Lizeth Ornelas is active with a group of Iowa Dreamers working with AFSC. In this two-minute video, she talks about the recent big win on driver's licenses and the current struggle for in-state tuition for Dreamers.

For more information, please contact Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, at SSanchez@afsc.org or 515-274-4851, ext. 11.

From fear to faith: A DREAMer’s story

By Hector Salamanca

Hector is a college student, activist, and volunteer with the Iowa office of the American Friends Service Committee.

Dreamers need wheels! EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 12:00pm

EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

On Marting Luther King, Jr. Day, please join us for a press conference and peaceful gathering to ask DOT director Paul Trombino to change his mind about denying drivers’ licenses to Deferred Action youth. This is the time to act!

Dreams still deferred, but moving forward thanks to new Obama policy

In June, when high school junior Ivania heard the news about a new immigration policy, she thought for a moment that this was it—that Congress had passed the DREAM Act. Maybe medical school was not too much of a stretch after all; maybe she would be able to qualify for grants and get a part-time job to pay for a psychology degree at the University of Iowa.

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