August 2017

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MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE (MCC) NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Summary: MCC tells the U.S. State Department that restrictions on travel for U.S. citizens to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) that begin Sept. 1 will create “enormous obstacles” to provide assistance to DPRK’s most vulnerable people. MCC expects new North Korea…

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I have often heard the life of Job upheld as an example. However, my experience as an immigration court watcher has allowed me to enter into the perspective of Job’s friends. These friends heard that Job’s life was in a hard place and so they went to sit with him (Job 2:11-13). Scripture says they…

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In a recent statement, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. addressed the events that took place in Charlottesville, VA. on Saturday, August 12. Andrew Wright, of the MCC Central States region, composed the statement with the consultation of other staff and board members. “Mennonite Central Committee is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that shares God’s love…

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Funding bills for 2018 moving forward On July 27, the House of Representatives passed a “security minibus” set of spending bills for fiscal year 2018. It includes $1.6 billion for 70 miles of additional physical barriers along the southwest border with Mexico. House leadership added the border wall money in such a way that no separate vote was…

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July 31, 2017 Read in Spanish Updates and news Examples of individuals and communities welcoming immigrants: Harrisonburg, Virginia; Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Mancos, Colorado; and New York, New York. Raids on sponsors of unaccompanied minors: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is targeting the parent/guardian sponsors of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum and has pledged to charge them with criminal smuggling if they paid someone to…

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