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Read in Spanish.  Family separation at the border “Wouldn’t you feel anguish if they took your kids? I’d be going crazy. It’s inhumane.”–Public defender in McAllen, Texas “[Attorney General Jeff] Sessions is a law-and-order man who believes he is protecting our country. I’m a man, a son, a father and a writer who worries about…

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Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula The leaders of North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK) and South Korea met April 27 in a historic summit that offers hope for steps towards reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula. As President Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, move closer to a summit in…

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2018 Essay contest winners announced Saige Lind, a high school sophomore who attends Seattle Mennonite Church, has earned the grand prize of $1,000 in the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. Washington Office annual essay contest for her essay on mass incarceration that highlights the ways that people of color have been targeted by the war…

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n President Trump’s first State of the Union address, many priorities and goals were mentioned. Advocates for criminal justice reform were not left out of this conversation. Trump stated that his administration would focus on reforming prisons to ensure that returning citizens have access to second chances. For several years, presidential administrations and Congress have mentioned the need…

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Addressing gun violence On February 14, a 19-year-old gunman killed seventeen students at a Florida high school with an AR-15 assault rifle. This tragedy, like many others, has led to renewed discussions about federal gun laws. President Trump and others have suggested arming teachers and school officials with weapons. After receiving a backlash from students at…

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“A $25 billion boondoggle is not only an outlandish waste of taxpayers’ money, but is also not a smart investment in border security or what families and communities in New Mexico want or need.”—New Mexico senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich “It’s tough. I want to say yes to getting more protection. But I can’t.…

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Dreamers, border walls and the budget To keep the government running past Thursday, Congress will need to find agreement on several issues including how to protect nearly 700,000 immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation. To end a government shutdown last month, Senate leaders promised to allow a vote on Dreamer legislation by February 8. A White House proposalincludes…

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