Immigration

There’s a saying I’ve heard that goes something like this: “Change is the only thing that’s consistent in life.”  I have found that to be true in my own life.  I have changed where I’ve lived, changed majors in college, changed careers, and have even experienced a shift in my vocational journey. Peacemaking and social…

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Dreamers, border walls and the budget To keep the government running past Thursday, Congress will need to find agreement on several issues including how to protect nearly 700,000 immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation. To end a government shutdown last month, Senate leaders promised to allow a vote on Dreamer legislation by February 8. A White House proposalincludes…

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Read in Spanish.  “As Republicans, whose party has consistently and rightly advanced policies to support the essential role of families in America, we are deeply troubled by the harm that is about to be done to hundreds of thousands of families that have legally called America home for more than two decades.”—John Kasich and Jeb…

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President Trump’s derogatory comments yesterday about Haiti, El Salvador and countries throughout Africa are deeply offensive and expose the racist undertones of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States. His comments not only disparage and demean entire countries and an entire continent full of people, they also ignore the many contributions made by immigrants from those…

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As the U.S. Congress decides whether to protect Dreamers—immigrants who were brought to the United States as undocumented children—policymakers are once again embroiled in a debate about the relative merits of different categories of immigrants. In September, the Trump administration announced the end of a program that protected Dreamers from deportation. Various bills have been introduced in…

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New legislation addresses detention of Palestinian children Jarrah Masalmeh was 15 years old when he was arrested at 2 am by Israeli soldiers at his home in the West Bank. Charged with throwing stones, he was locked up for nine months. Unfortunately Jarrah’s story is not unusual. Each year Israel detains hundreds of Palestinian youth, many of whom are subject…

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November 27, 2017 Read in Spanish Reflecting on the humanity of migrants Sacrifice, bravery, survivor—these words kept running through my mind as I sat in migrant shelters in Mexico City and Tapachula, near Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala. Hearing the litany of dangers people faced as they crossed highways, forests, deserts and borders to find…

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