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Update House Condemns Forced Medical Procedures on Women in Immigrant Detention  

Reps. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Annie Kuster (NH-02), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) and Lois Frankel (FL-21) led 172 members of Congress in introducing a House Resolution to urgently respond to reports of unnecessary and unconsented medical procedures—including hysterectomies—performed on immigrant women at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, GA.

Press Release FCNL Opposes Reduced Refugee Resettlement Number 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) criticized the recent presidential recommendation of the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States for fiscal year 2021. The new number, 15,000 refugees, is nearly 20% lower than FY2020 while the number of refugees worldwide continues to grow rapidly.

Update The U.S. Must Welcome More Refugees 

The current administration has cut refugee admissions by more than 80%, from the historic norm of 95,000 to just 18,000 admissions in FY 2020. This is the lowest level in the last three decades. Our nation can and must safely resettle more refugees and reunite more refugee families.

Update Nothing Can Stop the Advocacy of Young Adults 

When it became clear that this year’s cohort of Advocacy Corps organizers would have to be trained online, I was nervous. The Washington Summer Intensive training is usually 10 full days of learning and growing as a group. How was this going to translate in a virtual setting?

Press Release Quaker Lobby Commends House Passage of No BAN Act  

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) praised today’s long delayed full House passage of The No BAN Act (H.R. 2214) in a bipartisan 226-171 vote. The bill would repeal the Trump administration’s travel ban against Muslims and prohibit other travel bans based on race or religion.

Background Advocacy Corps 2020-2021 

Meet the 2020-2021 class of Advocacy Corps Organizers. These 20 young adults from around the United States will be organizing in their communities to reform national immigration laws.

Update On World Refugee Day We Call on Congress to Strengthen Refugee Protections 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) joins the celebration of World Refugee Day. As a Quaker organization, FCNL is dedicated to pursuing policies that uphold and sustain the inherent worth, contributions, and dignity of each person including refugees. We commemorate as well the 40th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Applauds Supreme Court’s Humane DACA Decision 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) enthusiastically celebrated today’s Supreme Court decision that the current administration cannot end the long-running Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Had the Court ruled differently, it would have resulted in mass deportations of undocumented young adults who were brought into this country as children.

Update How Does the Heroes Act Align with FCNL's Priorities? 

The House passed the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800), a comprehensive bill to further address the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout. FCNL has been lobbying Congress to include many policy provisions in the next COVID-19 bill.

Update Oppose the President’s Unfounded and Cruel Immigration Order 

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

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).

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