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Reform alternatives to immigrant detention

As the nation celebrates its independence, a new report serves as a chilling reminder of the unnecessary restrictions placed on the liberty of thousands of immigrants each day. Freed but not Free: A Report Examining the Current Use of Alternatives to Immigration Detention is the first report focused on shedding light on the flaws, inconsistencies, and human impact of current Alternative to Detention (ATD) programs in New Jersey and nationally.


This story is also available in English.

El Comité de Servicio de los Amigos Americanos (AFSC), organización cuákera de paz y justicia, está muy preocupada por el fallo de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de Estados Unidos sobre la ley anti-inmigrante SB 1070 de Arizona, si bien aquélla invalida permanentemente otras partes de la ley.

SB1070 Ruling Maintains the Worst of Anti-Immigrant Law

Esta historia también está disponible en español.

The American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker peace and social justice organization, is very troubled by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, although it  permanently enjoins portions of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law SB 1070. 

Iowans to Respond to Ruling on Arizona Immigration Law

Monday, June 25, 2012 - 3:00pm

 A coalition of Iowa groups in support of fair and reasonable immigration laws will hold a press conference TODAY on the west Capitol steps to address the U.S. Supreme Court ruling handed down this morning on S.B. 1070 in Arizona v. US.

Celebrating the Life and Dreams of Immigrants & Refugees

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 9:00am - Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 7:00pm

photos by Naima Abdullahi

photo by Naima Abdullahi

July 26-August 26 – “Here & Now” An Art Exhibit by Refugee and Immigrant Artists living in Atlanta. Featuring work by Naima Abdullahi, Omar Alsaraj, Tekie Gebremichael , and Jit Rai

US to Defer Deportations of Dreamers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced on June 15, 2012 that undocumented immigrant youth who meet certain requirements will no longer face the threat of deportation. You can read the DHS release here in English and here in Spanish.

AFSC internship balances the books for Iowa student

"Education is nothing without life experience," according to Paul Maciel, an intern with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program in the spring of 2012. Paul is finishing his bachelor's degree in Political Science at Grand View University in Des Moines. In this six-minute interview with AFSC regional staff Jon Krieg, Paul reflects on what he learned and shares some of his thoughts about life.

Experience with immigrants changes Iowa intern

In this four-minute interview with AFSC regional staffer Jon Krieg, Dillon Thornbury describes what he learned about immigration while completing his service-learning project with the legal services component of AFSC's Iowa Immigrant Voice Program in Des Moines. A double major in psychology and Spanish at Central College, Dillon hopes to study immigration law in the future.

Do It Yourself Immigration Reform

The link below will take you to an NPR interview regarding “do-it-yourself immigration reform” proposal. Quite interesting! It lasts 13 min 9 sec. It also appeared on June 2 op-ed of the New York Times.


Immigration: FACT vs. Fiction

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us to learn more about federal immigration policy, how immigrants are affected by debates at the State Legislature, and the concerns of our immigrant neighbors.  Find out what we can do to support humane immigration reform.  Free.  Sponsored by AFSC and the NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees.

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