A steep climb for asylum seekers

Under a recent agreement between the U.S. and Mexico, asylum seekers who do not sufficiently demonstrate that they fear persecution in Mexico will now be required to wait there until their cases can be processed in the U.S. Thousands of people are already waiting at ports of entry on the Mexico side of the border without shelter…

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Washington E-Memo

Shutdown ends – for now On January 25, portions of the federal government that had been without funding for 35 days reopened under a continuing resolution through February 15. The deal came one day after a proposal to pair border wall funding with protections for DACA and TPS recipients failed in the Senate. The bill would have…

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Support the people of Gaza

Tell Congress and the White House: Restore humanitarian assistance to Gaza, call for end to blockade   Background: After 11 years of isolation and an Israeli-imposed blockade, Gaza is facing “an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.” Ninety-six percent of Gaza’s water is unsafe to drink. Gaza’s two million residents have 4-5 hours per day of electricity and…

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Support common-sense gun legislation

Take Action Background: Members of both the House and Senate have introduced legislation (H.R. 8, S. 42) to require background checks for all firearm sales, including private, online and gun show sales. Polling shows broad public support among both Republicans and Democrats for expanded background checks. Separately, the Trump administration recently announced changes to make…

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