Immigration

Funding bills for 2018 moving forward On July 27, the House of Representatives passed a “security minibus” set of spending bills for fiscal year 2018. It includes $1.6 billion for 70 miles of additional physical barriers along the southwest border with Mexico. House leadership added the border wall money in such a way that no separate vote was…

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July 31, 2017 Read in Spanish Updates and news Examples of individuals and communities welcoming immigrants: Harrisonburg, Virginia; Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Mancos, Colorado; and New York, New York. Raids on sponsors of unaccompanied minors: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is targeting the parent/guardian sponsors of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum and has pledged to charge them with criminal smuggling if they paid someone to…

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Welcoming the newcomer June 20 marked World Refugee Day, at a time when a record 65 million people around the word have been forced from home. But the U.S. continues to be less than welcoming to newcomers. Last week the House passed legislation cracking down on “sanctuary cities,” as well as a bill to stiffen penalties for…

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Ministry of reconciliation: U.S.-North Korea relations It is a turbulent time of rising hostili­ties on the Korean peninsula. The 70-year division between the Korean people is one of the most tragic in history. The war remains unresolved between North Korea, the U.S. and South Korea, and little progress has been made toward a new future.…

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Read in Spanish Updates and news Haiti TPS (Temporary Protected Status): After much public pressure, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that TPS for more than 58,000 Haitians in the U.S. will be extended by 6 months to January 22, 2018. TPS is typically renewed for 18-month periods and the DHS statement made it…

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Funding bill signed The U.S. Congress reached an agreement for funding the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2017 in a deal that was signed into law on May 5. The bill did not include money to begin construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, nor did it include major cuts to…

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