1. Legislative Ask
  2. Immigrants & Refugees

Stop Fueling Unjust Deportation, Detention & Border Policies

Every additional dollar for immigration detention and enforcement allows the administration to carry out policies that erode the rights and safety of immigrants, refugees, and migrants.

The administration separated immigrant children from their parents as they sought safety. Hundreds remain separated today. They are building walls through communities and detention camps on military bases to house refugee families. Today, they are responding to a humanitarian crisis with deployed military troops in border communities and an illegal ban on certain asylum seekers. Congress should increase oversight of enforcement, cut funding for deportation and detention, and invest in community-based alternatives to detention.

Reject increased funding for unchecked immigration enforcement and expand oversight.

  • Reject increased spending on detention, deportation, and border militarization. Government spending should protect families and end unjust immigration and border policies. Increased funds for purported enforcement – including walls and fencing – tears families apart and leaves vulnerable children and individuals unprotected.

  • Expand oversight of existing enforcement agencies and policies. Congress has a responsibility to ensure that our tax dollars are upholding our moral and legal obligations to all people, especially those seeking refuge.

  • Reject proposals to expand family detention & invest in non-restrictive, community-based alternatives to detention. Children should neither be incarcerated indefinitely, nor needlessly separated from a parent. Restore the Family Case Management Program (FCMP) which helped families navigate the legal system outside of restrictive custody.

FCNL Contact: Hannah Graf Evans, hannah@fcnl.org

Values Driven Immigration Policy

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (Quakers) is led by the call to welcome the stranger and seeks congressional immigration reforms that recognize the gifts, contributions, and struggles of immigrants to ensure equity and justice for all.

Our nation’s immigration policies should:

  • Keep families together

  • Bring accountability and community engagement to border policies

  • Create a path to lawful status and citizenship

  • Protect all workers, regardless of immigration status

  • Align immigration enforcement with humanitarian values

  • Preserve the human and civil rights of all immigrants

  • End mass incarceration of immigrants

  • Uphold international and U.S. law obligations to protect refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of human trafficking