Karla Molinar-Arvizo

Program Assistant, Immigration and Refugee Policy


Karla Molinar-Arvizo

Karla is the Program Assistant for Immigration and Refugee Policy. In her work, Karla tracks key legislation on congressional appropriations and funding, collaborates with partner organizations, and uplifts the values of FCNL through congressional visits and lobbying. She believes in the importance of maintaining relationships with constituents, and advocates for an immigration system where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Karla graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in both political science and international studies with a concentration in global governance and political institutions in Latin America. While at the University of New Mexico she co-founded the Annual Educators Summit, where over 75 educators learn about a multitude of ways to support undocumented students.

She also co-founded New Mexico Dream Team, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the state. Additionally, she lobbied the New Mexico legislature on early childhood and minimum wage bills through the Center for Civic Policy as their Policy and Advocacy Fellow. Prior to joining FCNL, she worked at the Institute for Policy Studies as the New Mexico Fellow.

Articles by Karla Molinar-Arvizo

Update Congress Can Halt Overspending on Immigrant Detention and Enforcement 

Under the guidance of the Trump administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has dramatically ramped up immigrant detention and enforcement efforts. As a result, DHS significantly overspent its budget. Now they are siphoning billions of dollars from other accounts to sustain these cruel practices, and are spending well beyond their congressionally approved funding levels.

Background ICE is Spending More Money Than Congress Intended: How is This Happening? 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is now incarcerating around 10,000 more people than Congress has approved. Congress has said that ICE must stop increasing beds in detention facilities, but the overspending continues. Where is the money coming from?