Welcoming the Stranger: U.S. Immigration Policy (Spring 2009)

Spring 2009 Memo CoverThe experience of Mennonite Central Committee workers in immigrant communities within the U.S. provides first-hand accounts of the effects of U.S. immigration policy. The MCC Washington Office works to translate those stories into good public policy recommendations.

One new immigrant interviewed for the MCC U.S. Immigration Listening Project explained why he risked all to come to the U.S.: “I have a son who is sick. To buy his medicine and pay for his treatment, we had to sell our house and everything of value that we owned and still it was not enough. I had to leave my sick son and my wife to come to the U.S. and work, with the intention of returning in a couple of years so I can see my son grow up.”

In order for us to model the compassion of Jesus, we must put ourselves in the shoes of an immigrant. Before crafting policy solutions, we must consider how those solutions will affect real people’s lives.


  1. Introduction
  2. Immigration: Real People, Real Solutions
  3. Cold Wall, Warm Hearts
  4. A Welcome Mat for Some
  5. Worship Resources
  6. Imprisoning the Stranger
  7. Protecting Immigrant Victims of Crime
  8. The Washington Memo Online
  9. Advocates’ Corner

Advocacy Resources:

  1. Immigration Reform: The Stories Behind the Debate
  2. Sample Letter on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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1 Comment

  1. tlwinslow

    The age-old pesky U.S.-Mexico border problem has taxed the resources of both countries, led to long lists of injustices, and appears to be heading only for worse troubles in the future. Guess what? The border problem can never be solved. Why? Because the border IS the problem! It’s time for a paradigm change.

    Never fear, a satisfying, comprehensive solution is within reach: the Megamerge Dissolution Solution. Simply dissolve the border along with the failed Mexican government, and megamerge the two countries under U.S. law, with mass free 2-way migration eventually equalizing the development and opportunities permanently, with justice and without racism, and without threatening U.S. sovereignty or basic principles.

    To learn more, Google “Megamerge Dissolution Solution”.

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