Immigration

2018 Essay contest winners announced Saige Lind, a high school sophomore who attends Seattle Mennonite Church, has earned the grand prize of $1,000 in the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. Washington Office annual essay contest for her essay on mass incarceration that highlights the ways that people of color have been targeted by the war…

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Read in Spanish.  Dreamers, border walls and the budget With the continuing budget resolution due to expire on Friday, Congress is close to finalizing a budget deal for Fiscal Year 2018. The deal reportedly contains $1.6 billion for border security including 33 miles of new “fencing.” Not included is funding the White House had requested for 10,000…

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Addressing gun violence On February 14, a 19-year-old gunman killed seventeen students at a Florida high school with an AR-15 assault rifle. This tragedy, like many others, has led to renewed discussions about federal gun laws. President Trump and others have suggested arming teachers and school officials with weapons. After receiving a backlash from students at…

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“A $25 billion boondoggle is not only an outlandish waste of taxpayers’ money, but is also not a smart investment in border security or what families and communities in New Mexico want or need.”—New Mexico senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich “It’s tough. I want to say yes to getting more protection. But I can’t.…

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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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