Stories & Successes
The Coalition on Human Needs organized a letter for national human service providers, faith, civil rights, labor, and other policy and advocacy organizations calling for an end to the administration’s practice of family detention one year after the expansion of the failed policy.
Faith groups expressed serious concern to Secretary Jeh Johnson that ICE officials are not properly following the November 2014 guidelines for prosecutorial discretion and priorities for enforcement operations. During the week of March 2, 2015, ICE carried out Operation Cross Check which swept up 2,059 immigrants for removal from the United States for past crimes, too many of whom were pillars in their communities - far from the "worst of the worst".
S. 750 would expand customs and border patrols agents authority to roam on protected federal, private, and tribal lands. It would further codify defining success by the number of "turn-backs" rather than affording migrants' due process. National and regional organizations along with Arizona-based faith leaders strongly oppose S. 750.
Together with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, FCNL renewed eight policy briefs on what our faiths say about: Border Policies, Citizenship, Family Unity, Interior Enforcement, Refugees, Asylees, and Survivors of Domestic Violence, Root Causes and Worker’s Rights. These documents are a great resource to share with Congressional offices and fellow advocates, and to use as a resource for writing letters to the editor and op-eds.
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.