A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
Our nation was built by immigrants, and immigrants are still needed and should be welcomed. FCNL supports improving the legal immigration system to keep families together, demilitarize the border and create a solution for the 11 million immigrants in the U.S. without documentation. Ask your candidates for their perspective.
The sudden increase of unaccompanied minors fleeing Central America is deeply concerning, and raises serious questions about what causes children to leave their homes.
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
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.
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.