Staff Updates

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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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 call for essays! January 27 is the deadline for submissions to our annual high school essay contest! Essays should focus on one of the following topics: gun violence, Colombia or immigration. Grand prize is $1,000, with three honorable mention prizes of $500 each. The winners will be announced in late March. Click here to…

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Last week I was privileged to visit the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the Advisory Council of the Peace & Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA. We were in Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Mexico. We heard from migrants who had been recently deported from the U.S. and also met with church members and…

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Marching for action on climate change Several dozen Mennonites joined the estimated 400,000 people who walked in the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. Two days later, world leaders met to discuss what actions they will take to address climate change. There is renewed energy for working toward a new…

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