Kansas Appleseed Stands with immigrants and believes Kansas should welcome immigrants, with full participation in our communities and equal protection of the law. Together, with the Appleseed Network and our allies in Kansas Stronger Together and the Kansas Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Kansas Appleseed supports safety, financial access, and due process for immigrants.
ACTION ALERT: Oppose devastating public charge proposal
"The Trump administration’s 'public charge' proposal, which was leaked earlier this year, would allow immigration officials to consider whether a family accesses critical health and nutrition support programs when deciding whether they can obtain lawful immigration status."
We're working with organizations across the state to fight this proposal, but we need your help.
Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation
This manual helps families and service providers develop plans in advance to deal with critical financial and family issues in the event of detention, deportation, and other family emergencies. The manual can be downloaded in both English or Spanish.
In-state Tuition in Kansas
Under Kansas law, you may be eligible for in-state tuition at college, even if you don't have a lawful immigration status. For more information, download our handout and letter below.
Stop parent-child separation at the U.S. border.
On May 7, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Session announced a "zero tolerance" policy for attempted entry. Under this policy, parents are subject to federal criminal prosecution, are detained, and their children are being forcibly separated from them.
Read our fact sheet about this practice here.
In the News
WIBW News: New Public Charge definition prompting call for comment from Kansas group
“The change to Public Charge is really threatening to upwards of 16,000 Kansas kids,” said Joey Hentzler, Director of Advocacy for Kansas Appleseed. “Basically, the new rule would ask immigrant families who are doing everything our legal system is asking of them to go hungry, to go homeless and to go sick, in case they fall on hard times and have to access the public safety net.” Read more.
Bustle: To The Women Leading The Resistance In Red States & Small Towns: I See You
"Even the town of Independence, Kansas (population 10,000), saw its first protest in recent decades when members of Montgomery County for Human Dignity joined members of Quinn AME Church in A Walk for the Children on June 30." Read more.
Topeka Capital-Journal: Guadalupe Magdaleno and Kincaid Dennett: Will you join us in opposing citizenship rules change?
"In another attack on immigrants, the Trump administration plans to unilaterally and radically change the pathway to citizenship, making it a toll road open only to the rich." Read more
Topeka Capital-Journal: Keep families together: Kansas coalition focuses on ending family separation and detention:
“It is our responsibility as advocates for the most vulnerable among us to come together with a single voice, stating firmly that we will not tolerate cruelty, bigotry and racism enacted in our name.” Read more
Wichita Eagle: Kansas attorney general joins Texas push against 'dreamer' immigrants:
"The Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, a statewide nonprofit legal organization, has started a Facebook campaign urging its members and supporters to contact Schmidt and ask him to take his name off the Texas letter." Read more
The Great Plains United Methodist Conference: Immigration documentaries share the realities faced by our newest neighbors:
"The Great Plains Conference’s Mercy & Justice team – together with Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska, Nebraska Appleseed and Kansas Appleseed – is inviting you to screenings of two immigration documentaries at different locations in our conference." Read more
This Land Press: "Gateway to America" by Kansas Appleseed executive director, Benet Magnuson:
"They’ve been driven from their countries by war and deprivation, and they are eager to learn how to communicate in their new home."