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Washington Newsletter Build Bridges, Not Walls 

Extending care and concern only to “true Americans” normalizes violence, degradation, and the violation of basic human rights. Our elected leaders need to hear—loudly, repeatedly, and insistently—that we are not in unity with laws and policies that deny the humanity and rights of immigrants.

Background They Didn't Know We Were Seeds 

At FCNL's Spring Lobby Weekend, Greisa Martinez Rosas gave a rousing speech to more than 400 young adults. The speech is adapted below.

Action Alert Welcoming Immigrants: 3 Ways for Congress to Act 

Congress urgently needs to act on immigration—in the short term, to keep the current system from hurting more people and, ultimately, to rebuild that system in comprehensive and compassionate ways.

Background Enforcement Will Not Fix a Broken System 

Congress and the administration are focused almost exclusively on catching, detaining, and deporting people who break immigration laws, rather than fixing the system itself and easing the pressures that drive people across our borders.

Background Immigration: Build Bridges, Not Walls 

Every person is a child of God. No matter someone’s religion, country of origin, race, or wealth, we are called to acknowledge that divine spark and encounter each other with respect and compassion.

Letter 20 Senators Send Letter to Appropriations Committee Calling for Full Funding of Refugee Accounts in FY 2019 

On March 26, twenty Senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee calling for robust funding of refugee accounts in fiscal year 2019. This letter was lead by Senator Blumenthal, and it stresses the importance of fully funding the refugee programs located in the Department of Health and Human Services and the State Department.

Letter 118 Representatives Send Letter to Appropriations Committee Demanding Full Funding for Refugee Programs 

On March 16, over 100 members of Congress sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee, calling on them to fully fund refugee accounts for the 2019 fiscal year. This letter was lead by Representatives Juan Vargas, Julia Brownley, David Cicilline, John Delaney, Alcee Hastings, Ted Lieu, Bill Pascrell, Bradley Schneider, and Adam Schiff.

Statement Spending Bill Continues to Leave Dreamers Behind 

Rejects Worst Proposals for Extreme Enforcement

Congress passed a $1.3 trillion package to fund the government through the rest of this fiscal year. Included in this package is money for the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that carries out detention, deportation, and border enforcement. While the spending bill included many harmful provisions, FCNL and advocates nationwide helped stop some of the most dangerous proposals.

Letter FCNL Joins 24 other Organizations in Calling on Administration to Resettle Religious Minority Refugees 

On February 27, 2018, FCNL and 24 other organizations sent a letter to the administration calling for the U.S. to fulfill its promise to resettle refugees who are Iranian religious minorities.

Update Immigration Updates from Brownsville, Texas 

Recently, I visited Carnegie Mellon University and other colleges and universities in Pittsburgh, PA to recruit young adults to attend FCNL's upcoming Spring Lobby Weekend on immigration reform. While I was there, I met Cristina, a freshman at CMU from the border community of Brownsville, TX. Cristina offered to share some of her experiences as a Mexican-American person living in a border community while immigration is such a live issue in Congress.

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