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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.

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.

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