A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
The cost of war is not measured solely in bombs dropped or dollars spent. It's measured in lives lost, families uprooted, and homes destroyed. In Syria, years of civil war have taken their toll.
There are more than 4.8 million Syrian refugees and millions more who have been internally displaced. Now is the time for compassion and leadership. As a nation of immigrants and refugees, the U.S. has a special responsibility to people affected by ongoing violence in Iraq, Syria, and neighboring countries.
How the U.S. should respond to the Syrian refugee crisis
FCNL statement on the moral imperative for the United States to welcome refugees.
162 national and local organizations sent a letter to President Obama urging the United States to welcome refugees fleeing violence in Syria.
On December 2, 2015, more than one hundred members of Congress joined a letter led by Reps. Juan Vargas, David Cicilline, and Bill Pascrell to the House Appropriations Committee calling for an increase in funding for refugee assistance and resettlement programs in the FY2016 budget.
Sep 26, 2016
On Wednesday, September 21, FCNL lobbyist for Human Rights and Civil Liberties Yasmine Taeb was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Mission of Finland to the United Nations on the role of religious actors and policymakers in the current global refugee crisis.
Aug 29, 2016
In advance of the September 20, 2016 U.S.-led Leaders' Summit on Refugees, 138 national and state organizations urge the Administration to lead on refugee protection and resettlement.
Aug 1, 2016
Yasmine Taeb speaks to i24 News about Islamophobia, foreign policy, and the 2016 Presidential Elections.
Jul 25, 2016
Western Friend interviews FCNL's Yasmine Taeb about the politics of Islamophobia and how it impacts her lobbying efforts on Syrian refugees and other issues.
May 31, 2016
FCNL joined Members of Congress, advocates, and faith leaders at a press conference on Capitol Hill for the introduction of H.R. 5207, the Freedom of Religion Act of 2016
Statement of Legislative Policy
We support openness to refugees, victims of violence and human trafficking and those seeking asylum. The immigration policies we envision will allow people to migrate to the United States regardless of their wealth or skill levels, to preserve their families’ unity, to change their places of employment and to apply for lawful permanent status and eventual citizenship.
We seek federal policies and practices that avoid violence and embrace peaceful forms of managing and resolving conflict. The cycles of violence perpetuated by acts of terror and the armed overthrow of governments serve as warnings against the use of force, while the examples of nonviolent movements for change provide concrete alternatives.