Nearly 300 Iowans march for immigration reform in Des Moines on June 15, 2013.
Join us with family and friends to ask the U.S. House of Representatives and Rep. Tom Latham to vote yes for immigration reform now.
This event will include music, speakers, clowns, beverages and more for people of all ages and backgrounds. See the attached flyers in English and Spanish for more details. Sponsored by the Network for Immigration Reform Now, which includes AFSC Iowa and nearly two dozen other groups.
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.]
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