1. Update
  2. Immigrants & Refugees

Your Stories Help Humanize the Immigration Debate

By Hannah Graf Evans, Gabriela Viera, December 18, 2018


Thank you to each advocate who wrote about how the Administration’s proposed public charge rule would affect our communities - every comment, every story, was essential.

FCNL joined with the Protecting Immigrant Families coalition to reach a goal of submitting 100,000 comments against this “public charge” proposal. When the comment period closed on December 10, there were more than double that number of comments.

What’s next?

Government officials must now read more than 200,000 comments before a final rule is published. If and when it is finalized, the rule will not go into effect for at least 60 days. Our partners leading litigation efforts are also reading through comments to prepare legal challenges.

Before the next steps for this administrative effort however, Congress must decide how to pass seven spending bills ahead of the December 21 deadline. The most controversial question remains how many billions of dollars Congress will pour into militarized border enforcement, fencing, and walls.

Our nation is nearing a potential partial shutdown of the federal government because our President and too many of our legislators have forgotten the human suffering that additional unchecked immigration enforcement, border fencing, and a shutdown will spur.

Keep Sharing Your Stories

You can help us remind legislators what is at stake in this debate.

Personal stories about how federal immigration policies impact people in communities across this nation are a critical way that we show up for one another and work toward the world we seek. Your voice will be so important as we face the immigration challenges to come.

These stories will help bolster our advocacy throughout the end of the year and as we welcome a new Congress which will have new opportunities to act on immigration and exert oversight over existing enforcement and funding.

At every juncture let us remind each other - and our legislators - of our shared humanity. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to advance a more just immigration system.

Hannah Graf Evans

  • Legislative Representative, Immigration and Refugee Policy

Hannah Graf Evans lobbies for compassionate immigration policies. Our immigration system should empower immigrants and the American communities to which they belong, lift up the voices of border communities, and ensure adequate protections for refugees, asylum-seekers and victims of trafficking. Hannah co-chairs the steering committee of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, made up of over 45 faith-based organizations.

Gabriela Viera

  • Program Assistant, Immigration & Refugee Policy

As the Program Assistant for Immigration and Refugee Policy, Gabriela Viera lobbies for fair and just immigration policies. She meets with Congressional offices to ensure that supported legislation respects the humanity of vulnerable migrant populations. Her responsibilities also include providing the necessary research and support to maintain the connection between FCNL and our network.