Legislative Updates

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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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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Martina Talatu Garba was looking forward to becoming a mother, in a culture that highly values having children. Unfortunately, her hopes were dashed when she died at childbirth due to complications from malaria and a lack of adequate medical care. Since Refawa, her hometown in Nigeria, lacks a primary healthcare facility and is 15 miles…

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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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