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Update With Looming DACA Decision, Congress’s Spending Choices Are Even More Crucial 

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Nov. 12 regarding the future of 800,000 Dreamers living in limbo. While the Court weighs the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Congress can keep the well-being of DACA recipients in mind in upcoming spending decisions.

Action Alert Right Now Congress is Deciding Where They Stand 

Tell Them No to Expanded Walls and Immigrant Detention

Congress made it very clear: building a border wall is not a national emergency. Yet, the Trump administration continues to transfer money from schools, disaster relief, and childcare centers to keep expanding immigrant detention and the border wall.

Legislative Ask No More Dangerous Walls or Detention Beds 

The administration is responding to a refugee crisis by creating a humanitarian one – separating families, jailing children, and deporting asylum seekers to their deaths. Congress has poured billions more into the machinery behind detention, deportation, and border militarization – yet the administration is overspending even with these inflated levels.

Update Are Refugees Welcome Here? 

The parable of the good Samaritan is one of the best-known stories in Scripture. This story resonates with people because it touches on something core to our identity as humans: that we have a moral responsibility to care for one another, and that how we react when we see someone suffering says something important about who we are.

Press Release FCNL Criticizes Much Reduced U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program  

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) criticized the drastic reduction of refugees to be admitted for resettlement in the U.S. This follows the Trump administration’s announcement late yesterday to resettle only 18,0000 refugees in FY 2020 – the lowest in the 39-year history of the program.

Statement FCNL's Statement on "The Expansion and Troubling Use of ICE Detention" 

FCNL sent the following statement to the House Judiciary Committee to be entered into the record for their hearing: The Expansion and Troubling Use of ICE Detention. FCNL urges members of Congress to increase oversight of existing detention facilities and design policies that reduce the overall detention of immigrants in favor of community-based alternatives and support.

Statement FCNL Statement on the Muslim Ban Oversight Hearing 

FCNL submitted the following statement to the Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship and Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations ahead of their joint hearing on President Trump's Muslim ban. This is the first congressional oversight hearing on this ban since the first one was issued in January 2017.

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?

Press Release Administration Raids Funds for Disaster Relief to Keep More Children and Families Behind Bars 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) fiercely opposes the move of the Department of Homeland Security to reallocate essential funding to bolster harmful and unnecessary border detention of refugees and other immigrants by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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