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Welcome to the first edition of a new monthly e-newsletter from the MCC U.S. Washington Office focused on immigration issues! If you receive our immigration action alerts you will automatically receive this update each month. 

Updates and news

In January, President Trump signed three executive orders related to immigration -- one to increase border security, a second calling for increased immigration enforcement and deportations, and a third restricting refugee resettlement and travel to the U.S. Portions of the third order were suspended by a court ruling. The Trump administration is expected to release a new version of that Executive Order in the coming days. On February 20, the Department of Homeland Security released two "implementation memos" detailing how they will carry out the first two orders.

The orders and memos contain very concerning language criminalizing immigrants and extremely troubling provisions regarding the expansion of detention, deportation, and the use of local police for immigration enforcement activities. They also raise serious concerns about due process, protections for asylum seekers, and border militarization. Drafts of three more executive orders leaked to the press indicate more anti-immigrant directives could be coming.

Recent news:

Take action

MCC Action alert: Oppose efforts to build walls and criminalize immigrants

Take action web page

Upcoming events

March 3Refugee advocacy call, 12:00 p.m. EST

March 27-31Immigration Law Training, Akron, Pa.

April 21-24: Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Washington, D.C. 

May 24-28Borderlands and Migrant Trail Learning Tour

May 25-June 2Global Anabaptist Peacebuilders (GAP) Institute for young adults, Fresno, Calif.

New MCC resources and articles

Newly updated web resources on enforcement, border issues, refugees, sanctuary, know-your-rights, and more

MCC U.S. statement: Welcoming immigrants and refugees as neighbors: English | Spanish

Third Way: Threat or friend?

Toledo Blade Op-Ed: Welcome refugees, immigrants as neighbors

Local stories, events and resources


Local events:

  • March 4: Welcoming our newest neighbors, Middletown, Ohio.
  • March 11: Fellowship event to provide immigration resources at New Life Christian Center in San Benito, Texas (Know-Your-Rights cards, advocacy resources, legal help) sponsored by Unidad Cristiana de Iglesias Menonitas and MCC. Contact Eduardo Hinojosa, 956-295-8968.

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Update written February 27, 2017, by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs.

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