A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
The hundreds of migrant children reaching the U.S. border don't need the National Guard -- many of them are fleeing violence and intense poverty in their home countries. But instead of addressing the causes of the crisis, many in Washington would just send them home.
The sudden increase of unaccompanied minors fleeing Central America is deeply concerning, and raises serious questions about what causes children to leave their homes.
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.
Stories & Successes
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.
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.
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.