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Executive action for immigrants On November 20, President Obama took executive action to allow some undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. The largest category of beneficiaries will be parents of U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have been in the U.S. for five years or longer (and who meet other requirements). The action also…

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November 10, 2014 Agents of reconciliation: U.S. criminal justice policy The U.S. is at a threshold. After decades of “tough on crime” policies, the nation is rethinking how crime and justice should be approached. Followers of Christ are called to be agents of reconciliation, part of God’s work to bring all people and creation to…

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(MCC Photo/Carolyne Epp-Fransen)Sonia Aro, left, and her husband Husni Stephan are Syrian refugees from Hassake living in an old convent in Amman, Jordan. They are shown with an MCC blanket they received from MCC partner Caritas Jordan.

In her latest article for Third Way Cafe, Washington Office director Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach urges us to remember the “Forgotten Faces of the War” in Syria & Iraq: The top United Nations official for refugees has called the Syria crisis “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.” And yet, the U.N.’s response plan for Syria…

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The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. How did it get there? By targeting communities of color, tapping into the for-profit private prison industry, and maintaining harsh sentencing laws and prison conditions. Agnes Chen highlights some of these issues in her latest Mennonite World Review article: The prison industrial complex also thrives…

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Today MCC U.S. joined 10 other Christian organizations and churches in calling for an immediate end to the violence–as well as its underlying causes–in Palestine and Israel. The letter states: As the situation continues to deteriorate, and horrendous death and destruction mount in Gaza, we are called by conscience to say, “Enough.” Sadly, the scenes that…

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