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