Issues

So far this year the House of Representatives has made various efforts and held numerous hearings to address the United States’ unique gun violence problem. The House Judiciary Committee recently advanced three gun violence prevention bills that would outlaw large capacity ammunition magazines, provide funding to states to enact Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) and bar individuals…

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October 7, 2019 Blocking asylum and building walls Twenty-five years ago this month, the Clinton administration launched Operation Gatekeeper which began to militarize the U.S.-Mexico border. Since then, more than 8,000 migrants have perished after being driven to cross in more remote areas. Last month, the Trump administration transferred $3.6 billion to build more border walls and, though the…

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On July 16, the Trump administration released a new regulation requiring asylum seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border to have requested asylum, and been denied, in at least one country they traveled through before asking for asylum in the U.S. (The rule does not apply to Mexican asylum seekers who do not need to travel through a…

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Read in Spanish September 26, 2019  Sweeping asylum ban goes into effect On Sept. 11, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a new policy to go into effect that essentially blocks all asylum seekers except those from Mexico. The decision has tragic implications for asylum seekers from Central America and beyond. Asylum seekers arriving after July 15 must have requested…

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When people hear “immigration policy,” many think immediately about border security, detention and asylum. While it is crucial to advocate in these areas – supporting asylum seekers, protecting children and keeping families together – we shouldn’t forget that people’s migration stories start long before their arrival in the United States. Most immigrants arriving at the…

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In a letter sent today to Congress, MCC U.S., Mennonite Church USA and 10 other U.S. Christian denominations and agencies affirmed “our strong support for the right to make decisions about the stewardship of our financial resources.” The letter continues: We are heartened by the introduction of H.Res. 496 (“Affirming that all Americans have the…

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September 3, 2019 An urgency and a responsibility to address climate change Mennonite Central Committee’s partners around the world detail in no uncertain terms how climate change is impacting their communities. In Latin America and the Caribbean, unpredictable seasonal rainfall and recurring drought are causing food shortages and contributing to increased migration. In sub-Saharan Africa,…

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