A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
House Republican leaders issued a set of standards for immigration reform last week, agreeing with the majority of Americans that our immigration system is broken and must be fixed. FCNL welcomes this renewed effort to find common ground on immigration issues, and urges the House to take practical steps to repair our broken system.
... the Senate bi-partisan bill (S.744) and H.R. 15 introduced by Rep. Joe Garcia of Florida last October. H.R. 15 has 189 co-sponsors, but it doesn't seem to be moving now.
From The Washington Newsletter
Immigration reform is back on the congressional agenda. After passing the Senate last year, immigration reform is beginning to move in the House. Check out FCNL's newsletter on compassionate reform as a moral, economic and democratic issue.
Interfaith Immigration Coalition
FCNL is an active member of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, which is a partnership of faith-based organizations committed to enacting fair and humane immigration reform. Check out the useful resources, articles, and actions from their website.
Stories & Successes
New York Times
More cities and counties are adopting plans to welcome immigrants.
In October, Rep. Garcia (FL) introduced H.R. 15, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, a bill that closely resembles S. 744 the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate in June.
The so-called SAFE Act proposes harsh and overly punitive policies to reform our immigration system. The enforcement-first mentality evident in the bill would only create more systemic problems.
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
" The United States derives much of its strength and character from the many peoples who have built it. Our immigration policy must honor the human rights and due process rights of all persons, offer fair opportunities to enter or to remain in the country and pursue citizenship and adequately address the needs of communities affected by immigration.