Immigrant Rights

Iowans reenact La Posada in call for immigration reform

Iowans gather at U.S. Rep. Tom Latham's office to re-enact the immigrant story of Mary and Joseph and to urge Congress to pass humane immigration reform.

Stop the Deportation of Ana Karina Vivar!

Please take action to support our AFSC New Mexico colleague and his family.

URGENT ACTION ALERT FOR ANA KARINA VIVAR AND HER FAMILY

Please make two calls today to stop the deportation of Ana Karina Vivar who was picked up yesterday in Santa Fe and is in ICE custody in El Paso to be deported:

Sandra Sanchez honored for immigrant rights work

On September 28, 2013, the Iowa International Center presented its annual “Passport to Prosperity” awards to four Iowans including Sandra Sanchez, Program Director of AFSC Iowa’s Immigrants Voice Program. To view a set of photos from the event, please click here.

Fast for Immigrant Justice Interfaith Reflection Journal

Fasting for justice can be a powerful and emotional experience. It is the hope that each individual who participates in a fast for justice will be transformed and challenged through that fasting, as well as through reflection and prayer.

It is also the hope that some fasts for justice will have an external impact as well, possibly influencing those in power to stand up against injustice and to support policies that affirm the human and civil rights of immigrants and all people.

Call for a path to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants

As the House considers immigration legislation, it’s critical that your representative hear from you.

Building a community in the face of discrimination

Jodie Geddes Greensboro NC intern

Jodie Geddes, 21, is a student at Guilford College and interned this summer with AFSC in North Carolina.

Since she was a young girl in Brooklyn, Jodie Geddes has experienced how abuses of power play out in schools and on the streets.

Her community members are stopped and frisked by police officers because of their race. She was excluded from certain relationships in school because the culture there didn’t make space for her multi-national identity. In North Carolina, where she’s now a student at Guilford College, she sees how immigrant communities are marginalized by state policies.

Reflections from NC Delegation to AFSC Human Rights Summit in Washington, DC

Jodie Geddes and Alex Garrison, both Guilford College students in Greensboro, NC, joined 15 other young people in Washington DC to attend AFSC’s first Human Rights Summit June 24-28, 2013. The youth each picked topics to focus on, and each day participated in workshops giving them background on Human Rights and preparing them for speaking with US Senators and Representatives on their topics of choice. Alex and Jodie chose to focus on immigration reform, which was a hot topic; the immigration reform bill S744 passed the Senate while they were in DC.

Senate immigration bill much less than meets the eye

While the bill creates a narrow path to citizenship for some and makes modest progress on some worker rights issues, it not only reproduces but dramatically expands upon many of the current failed immigration policies, making it a far cry from the just and humane reforms that immigrant communities, faith, labor, and advocacy groups have been calling for. 

What is next for the movement?

The Campaign for Humane Immigration Policy Team

The Senate is poised to debate and vote on The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744), and questions remain as to whether there are the necessary 60 votes to pass the bill in the Senate. The trajectory of immigration policy reforms in the House of Representatives is yet to be seen. While the political and often partisan battles heat up, immigrant families are torn apart by the Obama administration’s record detentions and deportations. 

How to fix our immigration system—while respecting human rights

 Download a PDF of our popular handout, "What would fair, humane immigration reform look like?"

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