Immigration

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As President Obama calls for more generosity and welcome toward refugees, his administration continues to put refugee families from Central America into detention centers and deport them back to the dangers from which they fled. Mothers and children in a family detention center in Berks County, Pennsylvania, where some have languished for more than a year,…

Read more Refugee children in Pennsylvania want to be free from their prison

Faith leaders and immigrant rights advocates rallied for #Not1More deportation outside the White House on July 31, 2014.

Recently the U.S. Senate considered two bills related to immigration enforcement. Both bills were introduced in response to the death of Kate Steinle who was shot while walking on a pier in San Francisco last year. Reports indicate the man who shot Steinle, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was not aiming at her but was firing recklessly and…

Read more One law for all

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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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…

Read more Supreme Court ruling on Obama’s executive action for immigrants (DAPA/DACA)

The United States Capitol Building.

It is always important to engage with your elected officials, but it is particularly important in an election year like this one. U.S. government policies greatly impact people’s lives in this country and around the world. Those who are poor or marginalized are often affected the most. As Christians, we must educate ourselves about candidates’…

Read more A resource for the 2016 election