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Updates and news


No funding for border wall: The U.S. Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government running until May 5 while they debate the budget for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017. The final budget will not include additional funds requested by the White House for border wall construction but will likely include money for increased border security, detentions, and deportations.

Judge blocks order barring federal funding to sanctuary cities: On April 25, a federal judge blocked portions of a January executive order calling for federal law enforcement funding to be withheld from so-called “sanctuary cities.” Such cities limit local police interaction with immigration enforcement activities. 

Increased immigration enforcement: During the first two months of the Trump administration, immigration apprehensions were up more than 30 percent from the same period in 2016. Overall apprehensions of individuals without criminal records more than doubled. 

Attorney General directs Justice Department to increase immigration prosecutions: In a memo  and speech on April 11, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called on federal attorneys to prosecute more individuals for unauthorized border crossing, document fraud and other immigration-related violations. Immigration cases already make up more than half of all federal prosecutions.

Trump administration could end TPS for Haitians in the U.S.: The Trump administration is reportedly considering ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians in the U.S. in January 2018. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Haitians in the U.S. who applied for TPS were allowed to stay and work. The country of Haiti is still recovering from the earthquake and a 2016 hurricane. AILA statement | Report on the economic contributions of TPS holders 

Hunger strike at Tacoma immigrant detention center: Earlier this month, as many as 750 immigrant detainees participated in a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, to protest food quality, lack of access to medical care and other issues, including the $1 per day wages many receive for performing menial jobs at the center. 

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May 1: Day without immigrants: Marches and other actions planned across the country

May 24, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT: What can your church do about immigration? Save the date for this webinar presented by Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Mission Network, and MCC. More information to follow.

May 24-28MCC Borderlands and Migrant Trail Learning Tour

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

September 5-9: MCC Immigration Law Training 

New resources and articles

The same, and worse (Mennonite World Review) 

The facts on immigration today: 2017 edition (Center for American Progress) 

Protecting assets and child custody in the face of deportation (Appleseed) 

Local stories, events and resources

Speaking out in Pennsylvania: MCC is now supporting state advocacy efforts in Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Council of Churches. Read more | Sign up for Pennsylvania updates

Conversations about immigration: Start with the Bible (Central District Conference, MC USA)

Report: Immigrants in Virginia: Cornerstones of prosperous communities

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Update created April 30, 2017, by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs.

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