1. Update
  2. Immigrants & Refugees

Oppose the President’s Unfounded and Cruel Immigration Order

Using this global pandemic to enact restrictive and cruel policies is immoral.

By Karla Molinar-Arvizo, April 23, 2020


On April 21, the President announced he would temporarily halt certain immigration through executive order. As a Quaker organization, FCNL rejects using this crisis as leverage to further cruel and harmful policies (immigration or anything else).

The administration should be focusing in providing ample protections to ensure the wellbeing of all during this crisis. Instead, the president is moving forward an unfounded and wide-reaching ban halting immigration for about 660,000 people - including families.

It is disappointing to see yet another executive order betraying our values and moral responsibility as a nation. The move is in clear disregard of the integrity of our immigration system and our nation’s promise of liberty and safe harbor for the oppressed. It diminishes our national recognition of immigrants as a source of continuing strength.

Congress - and Congress alone - has the power to enact immigration laws. The president must not once again abuse his authority by circumventing Congressional power. The president should not weaponize immigration laws to rewrite our immigration policy. We urge Congress to rein in such wide-reaching and destructive policies from the executive branch.

Karla Molinar-Arvizo

  • Program Assistant, Immigration and Refugee Policy

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.