Immigration

It is always important to engage with your elected officials, but it is particularly important in an election year like this one. U.S. government policies greatly impact people’s lives in this country and around the world. Those who are poor or marginalized are often affected the most. As Christians, we must educate ourselves about candidates’…

Read more A resource for the 2016 election

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

In the colossal entity that is the United States criminal justice system, an estimated 20% of prisons are private and for-profit. Private prisons provide an awful incentive to continue the sad trend of mass incarceration that the United States has had for decades. Contracts that federal and state governments have with private prisons usually stipulate…

Read more Private prisons continue to thrive

An interfaith delegation of religious leaders traveled to Central America last month to study the root causes of migration. While in Honduras, they had a chance to visit with Pastor Max, a Mennonite pastor from Iowa City who was deported from the U.S. in March. One of the participants reflected on the visit: The adjustment…

Read more Visiting with Pastor Max