Welcome to the first edition of a new monthly e-newsletter from the MCC U.S. Washington Office focused on immigration issues! If you receive our immigration action alerts you will automatically receive this update each month.
In January, President Trump signed three executive orders related to immigration — one to increase border security, a second calling for increased immigration enforcement and deportations, and a third restricting refugee resettlement and travel to the U.S. Portions of the third order were suspended by a court ruling. The Trump administration is expected to release a new version of that Executive Order in the coming days. On February 20, the Department of Homeland Security released two “implementation memos” detailing how they will carry out the first two orders.
The orders and memos contain very concerning language criminalizing immigrants and extremely troubling provisions regarding the expansion of detention, deportation, and the use of local police for immigration enforcement activities. They also raise serious concerns about due process, protections for asylum seekers, and border militarization. Drafts of three more executive orders leaked to the press indicate more anti-immigrant directives could be coming.
- January 26 MCC U.S. statement: Welcoming immigrants and refugees as neighbors: English | Spanish
- Additional resources
- CNN: Trump admin outlines plan to crack down on undocumented immigrants
- NY Times: Border Wall Would Cleave Tribe, and Its Connection to Ancestral Land
- Globe and Mail: From El Salvador’s violence to a tenuous toehold in Trump’s America
- The Guardian: The sanctuary movement: how religious groups are sheltering the undocumented
- New statements: Christian Leader: USMB statement regarding immigration | Eastern Mennonite Missions: Welcoming the world, right where we are rooted
Sign at Grantham Brethren in Christ church. Photo/Jan Dormer
MCC Action alert: Oppose efforts to build walls and criminalize immigrants
March 3: Refugee advocacy call, 12:00 p.m. EST
March 27-31: Immigration Law Training, Akron, Pa.
April 21-24: Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Washington, D.C.
May 24-28: Borderlands and Migrant Trail Learning Tour
May 25-June 2: Global Anabaptist Peacebuilders (GAP) Institute for young adults, Fresno, Calif.
New MCC resources and articles
Newly updated web resources on enforcement, border issues, refugees, sanctuary, know-your-rights, and more
Third Way: Threat or friend?
Toledo Blade Op-Ed: Welcome refugees, immigrants as neighbors
Local stories, events and resources
- Washington Post: ‘Now they live in the light’: A Syrian refugee family finds only love and compassion in America
- The Mennonite: Welcome all immigrants
- Mennonite World Review: Sanctuary moves outside church walls
- Lancaster online: Amid debate over Trump’s refugee ban, there remains deep support for refugees in Lancaster, and it’s often rooted in faith
- The Mennonite: Two Pennsylvania congregations build interfaith relationships, aid refugee resettlement
- March 4: Welcoming our newest neighbors, Middletown, Ohio.
- March 11: Fellowship event to provide immigration resources at New Life Christian Center in San Benito, Texas (Know-Your-Rights cards, advocacy resources, legal help) sponsored by Unidad Cristiana de Iglesias Menonitas and MCC. Contact Eduardo Hinojosa, 956-295-8968.
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Update written February 27, 2017, by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs.
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