Immigration

Recent stories of immigrant children in cage-like structures at the border and photos of a father and his young daughter drowned in the Rio Grande River have pulled at our heartstrings and led to questions about U.S. policies toward those seeking asylum, or safety, at our borders. While the rhetoric has become increasingly polarized, it is important to remember that this…

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August 5, 2019 Announcing essay and video contest Calling all high school students! Our annual essay contest is now open, and we have an exciting change to announce. In addition to essays, we are now accepting short (2-3 minute) videos as well. Prizes of $750 will be awarded for the top essay and the top video. Students are…

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July 2, 2019 Restoring Pell Grants to incarcerated students In 1994, Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, also known as the crime bill, in an attempt to be tough on crime. The bill included an amendment to ban Pell Grants for incarcerated students. As a result the number of education programs within…

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June 19, 2019 Read in Spanish Please enjoy this abbreviated version of the MCC Immigration Update. The full update will return in July. Dreamer and TPS bill passes House On June 4, The American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) was approved by the House (see how your representative voted). The bill would provide a path to…

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Dreamer and TPS bills pass House committee Read in Spanish On May 22, the Dream Act and the American Promise Act were approved by the House Judiciary Committee (see how members voted: H.R. 2820, H.R. 2821). The first bill would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children while the second bill…

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Read in Spanish Number of families seeking asylum on the rise The number of families and individuals seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border has continued to rise, stretching the capacity of border officials and nonprofits in the region. MCC signed on to a statement raising concerns with White House plans to cut foreign assistance to Central America, arguing that such an…

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March 26, 2019 Read in Spanish Dream and Promise Act introduced The American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) was introduced in the House on March 12. The bill would provide a path to citizenship for an estimated 2.3 million Dreamers and more than 400,000 immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred…

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