By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator
Trinity United Methodist Church in Des Moines, home of the Las Americas UMC Faith Community, was the gathering point for 200 people who came together to lift up a faith-based call for humane 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 recognition of World Refugee Day on June 20, and in honor of the thousands of refugees who now call Iowa home, AFSC Iowa’s Immigrants Voice Program (IVP) presents this four-minute video of one mother and son, reunited after 14 years of being apart.
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.
[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.]
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.
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.
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