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Dreamers, border walls and the budget To keep the government running past Thursday, Congress will need to find agreement on several issues including how to protect nearly 700,000 immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation. To end a government shutdown last month, Senate leaders promised to allow a vote on Dreamer legislation by February 8. A White House proposalincludes…

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For many people who have been incarcerated for a long period of time, returning home may seem like the biggest day of their life. They may be faced with feelings of relief, excitement, nervousness and fear. Upon release, some are given a range of items, such as clothing for the day, medication for the week,…

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  “We are human beings. We need the right to live,” a Syrian Palestinian family told me when I visited Lebanon several years ago. The family was receiving a food voucher from Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) that helped them buy basic items like rice, oil and bread. Unable to work legally in Lebanon, the family…

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Read in Spanish.  “As Republicans, whose party has consistently and rightly advanced policies to support the essential role of families in America, we are deeply troubled by the harm that is about to be done to hundreds of thousands of families that have legally called America home for more than two decades.”—John Kasich and Jeb…

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In advocacy, statistics are often used to convey messages. We use them when speaking about levels of homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, obesity, violence and many other issues facing the 320 million people living in the U.S. In these statistics, we often fail to include Native Americans. Although Native Americans are the original inhabitants of what we…

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Prophetic witness: A look back at 2017 and ahead to 2018 The most recent issue of our newsletter reviews our work on a variety of issues of 2017 and looks ahead to what we can expect in 2018. Read the full issue on our blog! Policy updates Federal budget: Just before wrapping up in December, Congress passed a “continuing…

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Many people believe that the primary purposes of prisons are to increase public safety, punish offenders for crimes against society and rehabilitate prisoners. But in many ways, jails and prisons have become warehouses for people with mental illnesses or drug addictions and those who are living in poverty. In most states, jails hold more people with…

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