Legislative Updates

As we entered the classroom, a group of girls performed a lively traditional Palestinian dance for us, with a colorful mural as the backdrop. The dance class is sponsored by the Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA), which receives support from Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Along with dance, CFTA offers many other activities for youth…

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Leading us in right paths: U.S.-Nigeria policy The U.S. response to Nigeria, as it faces multi-layered violent conflicts and armed actors threatening the nation’s unity, has primarily been to provide military assistance. This approach is counterproductive and has spawned additional violence. This issue of the Washington Memo provides an overview of U.S.-Nigeria policy and suggests strategies to…

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Announcing our high school essay contest We are now accepting submissions for the annual high school essay contest! This year’s topics include: Gun violence Immigration North Korea Anabaptist youth who are of high school age within the U.S. and Puerto Rico are eligible to enter and win up to $750! The deadline for submitting essays…

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Read in Spanish Hundreds of children remain separated Weeks after a judge ordered almost 2,700 children reunited with their parents, more than 500 remain separated—most because a parent was deported without them. It will likely be very difficult to find these parents. More than 150 parents allegedly waived their rights to be reunified but may have been coerced. A…

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Engage with candidates During the month of August, members of the House will return to their home states, with senators returning for a shorter period of time (Aug. 6-14). This is a great time to set up meetings or attend local events with elected officials and candidates. Prepare for this year’s election with our 2018 election resource.…

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Read in Spanish.  Family separations remain a problem – at the border and beyond After coming under intense criticism for forcibly separating more than 2,000 immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Trump ended the policy of family separation with an executive order on June 20. On June 26, a federal judge ordered the government to…

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A closed door to newcomers After separating more than 2,000 children from parents seeking refuge at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Trump issued an executive order to stop the separations. But families are still facing hurdles in being reunited and the president’s subsequent declaration that asylum seekers should not be able to have their cases heard in court is a…

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