Immigration

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The story of Iowa City pastor Max Villatoro captured hearts inside and outside the Mennonite Church this spring. Many were outraged when “Pastor Max,” as he became known, was picked up outside his home by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and later unjustly deported to Honduras, separating him from his four U.S. citizen…

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Children take part in a Sunday School class in a Brethren In Christ church in Honduras. .

By Tammy Alexander Recent headlines speak of a “European migration crisis” and a “U.S. border crisis.” Politicians declare that efforts to stop migration are “urgent”—an “emergency.” Putting the focus on the “burden” of wealthy countries, however, rather than on the needs of refugees, negates the responsibility we have to offer a helping hand to those…

Read more The shameful practice of family detention

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Last week I was privileged to visit the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the Advisory Council of the Peace & Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA. We were in Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Mexico. We heard from migrants who had been recently deported from the U.S. and also met with church members and…

Read more On the border

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In her most recent article, Tammy Alexander shares difficult stories of how the U.S. government is treating thousands of women, children & men that have fled violence in their communities and crossed the border to seek refuge & potentially asylum.  According to the [Human Right’s Watch] report’s author, Clara Long, “In its frenzy to stem…

Read more You don’t have rights here…

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Robert Martin wrote a great reflection on his participation in the Urban Anabaptist Ministry Symposium in Philadelphia last week. Here is what he said about the immigration seminar he attended: The second workshop started some deep challenging for me. I come from a more conservative political perspective and am wrestling with what it means to…

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