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.
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
May 11, 2016
On May 11, 2016, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced the Freedom of Religion Act, a bipartisan bill that would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit denying admission to the United States based on an individual’s religion.
May 9, 2016
Twenty national faith, immigration, and community organizations joined a month-long campaign - led by FCNL - urging Congress to focus on the importance of immigrant, refugee, and Muslim communities in the fabric of American society.
Apr 11, 2016
FCNL is leading an initiative throughout the month of April to lift up a common commitment between ally organizations. As faith-based, advocacy, immigrant rights and refugee resettlement organizations, each are speaking out in favor of our pluralist American communities, which include immigrants, refugees and people of the Muslim faith.
Mar 31, 2016
As some leaders have seized upon the recent, tragic events in Brussels as an opportunity to sow fear and discord within American communities, we must call upon our elected officials to demonstrate compassionate leadership and show solidarity with all victims of terrorism around the world, Christian and Muslim alike.
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.