A delegation from Iowa that included Gloria Villatoro, wife of Pastor Max and pastor at Iglesia Torre Fuerte; David Boshart, Executive Conference Minister for Central Plains Mennonite Conference; and attorney David Leopold came to Washington, DC on March 20-21 to advocate for Pastor Max Villatoro's return to the U.S.  Participants were able to lift up the Villatoros’ specific story and connect it to wider issues around U.S. immigration policy. Prayer vigil outside of the White House.

Felons or families?

Political rhetoric around immigration sometimes creates categories of good and bad immigrants — those who should be welcomed into the United States and those who should be kept out. President Obama embraced this rhetoric with his “felons, not families” policy, insisting that his administration focuses on deporting those with criminal convictions, not those with family…

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Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian youth in Jabel Mukaber, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, as they search for Palestinian activists who apparently threw firebombs at the police following heavy clashes, on September 18, 2015. Israeli authorities started building a wall there to create a buffer for an adjacent Jewish neighbourhood where "there is a history of stone and firebomb throwing at Jewish homes and cars," according to the municipality. Concrete blocks and partitions have been set up around the Palestinian neighbourhood of Jabel Mukaber, which came under the spotlight earlier this month when police said the killers of three Israelis were residents of the area. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

No way to treat a child

In the documentary “Detaining Dreams,” Abed, a 15-year-old Palestinian, tells how he was arrested by Israeli soldiers at gunpoint in his home while sleeping and then was taken away, handcuffed and blindfolded. While in detention he was beaten, interrogated and placed in solitary confinement before eventually being released on bail. Abed’s story is not unique.…

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Supreme Court ruling on Obama’s executive action for immigrants (DAPA/DACA)

On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court reached a 4-4 tie on President Obama’s 2014 executive action for immigrants, meaning that the injunction on the DAPA and expanded DACA programs will remain in effect for the time being. The MCC Washington Office statement on the verdict is below. For more information, here are two helpful…

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Support maternal and child health

Action: Ask your members of Congress to support and co-sponsor the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (H.R. 3706, S. 1911). Background:The rate of maternal and child deaths worldwide has dropped considerably in the last 25 years. But far too many mothers and children in low-income countries continue to die from preventable conditions, including lack…

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Support criminal justice reform

Ask your senators to support S. 2123, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. Background: The United States currently incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. Decades of harsh sentences, particularly mandatory minimums, have caused the prison population to swell. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act will bring several reforms, including reducing some…

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Election 2016

It is election season again. For those of us who are U.S. citizens, we have the opportunity—and the responsibility—to help choose our elected officials at local, state and national levels. Many who reside in the U.S. still struggle for the right to vote. Even those who are not registered voters, however, can find opportunities to…

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