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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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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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Read in Spanish Updates and news Haiti TPS (Temporary Protected Status): After much public pressure, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that TPS for more than 58,000 Haitians in the U.S. will be extended by 6 months to January 22, 2018. TPS is typically renewed for 18-month periods and the DHS statement made it…

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Funding bill signed The U.S. Congress reached an agreement for funding the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2017 in a deal that was signed into law on May 5. The bill did not include money to begin construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, nor did it include major cuts to…

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Last week, President Santos of Colombia visited Washington for high-level meetings with the Obama Administration. Most notably he was in town to “celebrate” the wonders of Plan Colombia that the U.S. heavily funded for 15 years with bi-partisan support. But many organizations that have worked in Colombia with local partners for years, before and during the…

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There has been a lot of focus in the media on the agreement reached July 14 between Iran, the United States and five other nations. This one-page handout addresses some of the frequently asked questions about the agreement, including why Mennonite Central Committee supports it. Frequently asked questions | Christian leaders express support for Iran…

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