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Legislative Ask Rein in Spending to Stop Immigrant Deaths and Abuse 

In just three years, the annual budget for immigration detention has grown by more than half. Border communities have had land stolen for border wall construction, and their neighborhoods have been further militarized. The administration has used an inflated enforcement budget to separate families, jail children, and illegally deny entry to asylum seekers.

Statement FCNL’s Statement on Mark-Up of the NO BAN Act 

The House Judiciary Committee is expected to mark up the bill this week

The Friends Committee on National Legislation strongly opposes President Trump’s indefinite bans on nearly all travel from thirteen nations, unduly targeting Muslim-majority and African nations. These bans – in all their iterations – result in heartbreak and injustice for countless families across the globe.

Update Our Hopes and Fears for the 2020 State of the Union 

Between the escalation with Iran and the impeachment hearings, Congress has been abuzz with activity so far this year—and advocates have been hard at work, too. The president’s State of the Union address, set for Feb. 4, will serve as an important point of reflection for FCNL and all those working to create change in Congress.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Opposes Administration’s Bid to Expand Muslim Ban 

Washington, DC – The Trump administration is expected to formally announce plans today to expand the 2017 travel ban, commonly known as the Muslim ban. The extension includes Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has consistently opposed any religious-based tests or barriers for admission to the United States.

Action Alert Tell Congress: No Muslim, Asylum, or Refugee Bans  

Three years ago this week, President Trump signed an executive order banning travel to the U.S. for nationals from certain Muslim-majority countries and dismantling the refugee resettlement program. He recently stated that he intends to expand this travel ban. The announcement could come as soon as this week.

Action Alert Stop Overspending on Immigrant Detention and Border Militarization 

The administration is funnelling money into abusive immigration practices. Congress must demand accountability.

Thanks to your advocacy, Congress yet again rejected the president’s outlandish requests to increase funding for immigrant detention and border wall construction. However, the fiscal year 2020 spending bill failed to cancel the administration’s ability to transfer money and use it for projects not approved by Congress.

Update More Money for Detention and Border Wall Means More Abuse 

Despite obscene power grabs by the administration and increased human rights abuses, Congress voted to re-allocate historic highs for immigration enforcement.

Since President Trump signed the first harmful executive orders on immigration in January 2017, the FCNL network has urged Congress to stand in the way of these proposals by refusing to fund them. Together, we have built out bipartisan and multi-caucus support for Congress in support of this goal.

Minute on Immigration 

Syracuse Monthly Meeting Minute on Immigration, July 2019.

Update The U.S. Must Assume Responsibility for Climate Displacement 

Twenty-four million people are displaced on average each year due to severe weather events. As the climate crisis worsens, and the frequency and intensity of severe weather events increases, this figure is set to grow even larger.

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.

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