Iowa Immigrants Voice Program

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The right direction: Deferred action policy is not the final word for Dreamers

DREAMers at Iowa capitol

small group talking in Iowa capitol rotunda

Iowa DREAMers visited the state capitol on March 20 to thank state senators for co-sponsoring a bill allowing them to pay in-state tuition at state universities. They also spoke with legislators still opposed to bill or on the fence. See more photos.

In June 2012, President Obama announced that immigrant youth who meet certain qualifications can apply for work permits through a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Though this is a step in the right direction, more change is needed to create a just immigration system for young people.

Entrevista a Sandra Sanchez

Sandra Sanchez

Sandra Sanchez

Sandra Sanchez is director of AFSC's Immigrants Voice Program in Des Moines, Iowa. (file photo)

Reconociendo el liderazgo de un miembro de nuestro personal, Sandra Sánchez, directora del Programa Voz de los Inmigrantes del AFSC desde 1995. Agradecemos a la revista La Reina por reconocer los esfuerzos de mujeres que han impactado a la comunidad del área metropolitana de Des Moines y esperamos que esto motive a otras jóvenes líderes para seguir sus pasos.

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!

Immigration is hot topic in Iowa, overlooked by presidential campaigns

Hispanics may be only 5 percent of Iowa's population, but that number represents a boom of 110 percent in 10 years, driven partly by the meat industry jobs. Though immigration was a hot topic during the Republican caucuses, presidential candidates have since been quiet on the issue. PBS NewsHour and Iowa Public Television's Paul Yeager reported last week on why.

Lethal Force Unacceptable

By Sandra Sanchez, Program Director, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program

Sandra Sanchez explains Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Sandra Sanchez, director of AFSC's Iowa Immigrant Voice Program, talks about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in this September 20, 2012 interview with Knight Life.

Volunteers on Deferred Action and Dreamers

Volunteers at recent AFSC/JFON legal clinics talk about why Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a good first step for immigrant youth and our nation.

Webinar in Spanish on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 11:00am

Favor de comunicar la información acerca de esta oportunidad para entender la Acción Diferida para Llegados como Menores de Edad o por sus siglas en inglés DACA: una presentación a través de la Web patrocinada por el Programa Voz de los Inmigrantes del AFSC que tomará lugar el martes 23 de octubre de 11 am a 12:30 pm tiempo del Centro; y es completamente gratis. Cualquier persona u organización de cualquier parte del país puede registrarse a la presentación Web.

Acción Diferida para Quienes Llegaron como Menores de Edad

Material Preparado por:

Sandra Sánchez

Directora del Programa Voz de los Inmigrantes del AFSC, Des Moines, IA.

Representante Acreditada por la BIA

9 de agosto, 2012

Free Legal Clinic on Deferred Action for Dreamers

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 9:00am

For appointments, contact / Contacto para su cita: 515-255-9809.

On June 15, President Obama announced that the Dept. of Homeland Security will halt deportations and permit employment authorization for certain eligible youth. You may qualify for deferred action if you:

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