Legislative Updates

Network forms to increase advocacy efforts The MCC Washington Office recently hosted members of our new network of “volunteer advocacy coordinators” in D.C. for training, networking and advocacy. During their time in D.C., they met with MCC Washington Office staff, discussed policy, and met with their congressional offices. The network is an effort to increase…

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Let justice roll like a river: U.S. criminal justice policy Leading the world in incarceration, the U.S. struggles to find a balance between justice and punishment. Since the 1970s, the primary focus of criminal justice policy has been getting criminals off the streets. This has led to a great increase in the number of prisoners,…

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Announcing our high school essay contest The MCC Washington Office is now accepting submissions for the annual high school essay contest! This year’s topics include: Climate change Foreign assistance Mass incarceration Anabaptist youth who are of high school age within the U.S. and Puerto Rico are eligible to enter and win up to $1,000! The…

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August 30, 2017 Read in Spanish. “DACA is a blessing. God has given it to you, so use it. Go to school and turn that blessing outwardly and bless your community, your church and your family.” – Dmarcos, MCC client and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient “He didn’t speak much English. He didn’t come from…

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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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