In the first week of his presidency, Donald Trump signed three executive orders related to immigration.
On January 25, he signed one to increase border security (including by building a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border) and a second calling for increased immigration enforcement and deportations. On January 27, he signed a third order temporarily suspending the refugee program and barring people from certain majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. (a federal court halted portions of this order on February 3). Drafts of three more executive orders leaked to the press indicate more anti-immigrant directives could be coming.
An MCC U.S. statement issued in response asserts, “these actions portray immigrants and refugees as criminals and threats rather than seeing them as God’s beloved children,” and calls on church members to welcome immigrants and refugees.
Photo: Supporters outside the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., call for the U.S. to welcome refugees. Credit: Sharon Stanley-Rea.
The most recent issue of our newsletter reviews our work in 2016 and looks ahead to what we can expect in 2017. Read the full issue online.
Dakota Access Pipeline: On January 24, President Trump signed an executive order calling for approval of permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and Keystone XL pipeline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had halted the DAPL pending an environmental review and the permits could still get tied up in court. | NCAI statement
April 21-24: This year's Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference is approaching quickly. Charles Kwuelum will be speaking at a workshop on militarism and security in northeastern Nigeria. Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach is helping to organize a workshop focused on Gaza. The conference will include worship, workshops, skill-building sessions, plenary speakers and, as always, the opportunity to meet with other advocates from around the country. We hope you can join us!
April 29: People's Climate March in Washington, D.C.
Tell Congress: Support peace, don't undermine it (Palestine and Israel)
Nutrition: More than just food (Winter 2017 issue of MCC's Intersections newsletter)
On January 26-28, Cherelle M. Dessus attended the annual Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition meeting to plan advocacy projects for the upcoming year.