immigrants

Yesterday Mennonite Central Committee U.S. issued a call to welcome immigrants and refugees, decrying the executive actions taken by the president this week. Read the statement and consider taking action: Call the White House and your members of Congress. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Sample text is available here. Join us in…

Read more Welcoming immigrants and refugees as neighbors

Recently the U.S. Senate considered two bills related to immigration enforcement. Both bills were introduced in response to the death of Kate Steinle who was shot while walking on a pier in San Francisco last year. Reports indicate the man who shot Steinle, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was not aiming at her but was firing recklessly and…

Read more One law for all

By Tammy Alexander Just before Christmas, the Washington Post reported that the Obama administration would begin a new series of immigration raids. Immigration raids are, unfortunately, not a new tactic for the administration (Operation Cross Check last year picked up more than 2,000 immigrants, including Mennonite pastor Max Villatoro). A troubling feature of these newest…

Read more Let the little children come

By Lakka Benti, domestic policy intern In 2008, the Bush administration started a program called Secure Communities by which the fingerprints of someone booked into a local jail were shared with federal immigration databases to determine if the person was an undocumented immigrant. Immigration authorities could then request a “detainer” or “hold” be placed on…

Read more Sanctuary city policies make communities safer