A delegation from Iowa that included Gloria Villatoro, wife of Pastor Max and pastor at Iglesia Torre Fuerte; David Boshart, Executive Conference Minister for Central Plains Mennonite Conference; and attorney David Leopold came to Washington, DC on March 20-21 to advocate for Pastor Max Villatoro's return to the U.S.  Participants were able to lift up the Villatoros’ specific story and connect it to wider issues around U.S. immigration policy. Prayer vigil outside of the White House.

Political rhetoric around immigration sometimes creates categories of good and bad immigrants — those who should be welcomed into the United States and those who should be kept out. President Obama embraced this rhetoric with his “felons, not families” policy, insisting that his administration focuses on deporting those with criminal convictions, not those with family…

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Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian youth in Jabel Mukaber, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, as they search for Palestinian activists who apparently threw firebombs at the police following heavy clashes, on September 18, 2015. Israeli authorities started building a wall there to create a buffer for an adjacent Jewish neighbourhood where "there is a history of stone and firebomb throwing at Jewish homes and cars," according to the municipality. Concrete blocks and partitions have been set up around the Palestinian neighbourhood of Jabel Mukaber, which came under the spotlight earlier this month when police said the killers of three Israelis were residents of the area. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

In the documentary “Detaining Dreams,” Abed, a 15-year-old Palestinian, tells how he was arrested by Israeli soldiers at gunpoint in his home while sleeping and then was taken away, handcuffed and blindfolded. While in detention he was beaten, interrogated and placed in solitary confinement before eventually being released on bail. Abed’s story is not unique.…

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On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court reached a 4-4 tie on President Obama’s 2014 executive action for immigrants, meaning that the injunction on the DAPA and expanded DACA programs will remain in effect for the time being. The MCC Washington Office statement on the verdict is below. For more information, here are two helpful…

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Left to right: Dr. Christian Isichie, coordinator/founder of Faith Alive Foundation; Mugu Bako, MCC Nigeria; Charles Kwuelum, MCC Washington Office

In March, I met with Hannatu Anthony* one of the beneficiaries of free medications, treatments and socio-economic empowerment programs made possible by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) support for the Faith Alive Clinic in Jos, Nigeria. Hannatu Anthony was pregnant and receiving free prenatal services and medical care at the Faith Alive Clinic. The clinic offers…

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Scenery of northern Iraq in spring time

When I visited the Middle East last year, I was surprised to hear many people say that the United States created the Islamic State group and continues to support it. At first glance, the statement seems ridiculous. Out of all the lively debates about Middle East policy here in Washington, D.C., public officials agree on…

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