We need Positive Immigration Legislation

We need Positive Immigration Legislation

We seek immigration policies that protect immigrants, their families and the communities to which they belong. We continue to press Congress for fair and compassionate proposals that mend our broken immigration system and create lasting positive solutions. Tell Congress to spend their energy on positive immigration legislation.

Immigration Resources

An International Crisis

An International Crisis

The sudden increase of unaccompanied minors fleeing Central America is deeply concerning, and raises serious questions about what causes children to leave their homes.

Immigration Advocacy

Five Ways to Advocate

Five Ways to Advocate

There are children and families in crisis at our southern border. Read about five ways you can advocate for and assist these refugee children and families.

Stories & Successes

FCNL opposes Bills Undermining Crucial Trafficking Protections

Three bills are up for consideration in the House Judiciary Committee that we've seen before; the Protection of Children Act, Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act and a reiteration of the SAFE Act. These bills are detrimental to immigrant, refugees, trafficking victims and border communities. FCNL wrote a letter expressing our grave concern.

FCNL asks Congress to pass clean DHS bill

FCNL participated in a letter-a-day campaign with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition in the weeks leading up to the impending DHS shutdown in February. The letters asked Congress to pass a "clean" DHS bill with no anti-immigration riders, urging Congress to focus their energy on legislation that protects immigrants, their families and the communities to which they belong.

NGOs Oppose Opening New Family Detention Center

168 immigrants’ rights, faith-based, civil rights, human rights, anti-violence, and criminal justice reform organizations and legal service providers all say no to family detention in Karnes, TX and Artesia, NM and oppose a new 2,400 family detention center in Dilley, TX.

Faith Groups ask the Administration to Prioritize People (not Politics)

Congress has failed to provide relief for refugees at our border, and after promising executive action in such a scenario President Obama too has delayed any decision until after November elections. Faith groups ask the Administration to reconsider this decision to prioritize politics over people.

FCNL Opposes Detention for Families

FCNL joined over 100 organizations to tell the Administration that new detention centers are not the answer to this humanitarian crisis. New family detention centers have been proposed in New Mexico to house women and children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

FCNL Supports Accountability in Detention

Rep. Adam Smith of Washington introduced the Accountability in Immigration Detention Act in response to hunger strikes at the Tacoma detention facility in Washington state. The bill would establish detention standards, increase accountability and eliminate the detention bed quota.

We Should Welcome Immigrants

New York Times

More cities and counties are adopting plans to welcome immigrants, FCNL stands with these communities.

Enforcement is Not the Answer for Immigration Reform

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.

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.

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.

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