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Press Release FCNL Supports Humanitarian Crisis Funding, Not Enforcement 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) expressed concern today that the House of Representatives’ emergency spending package, currently projected at $4.5 billion, could be used to enhance enforcement and detention rather than humanitarian assistance. Recent reports from border detention facilities have documented cases of children without diapers, soap, medical supplies, and access to showers. In several cases, it was up to older children to take care of the younger children, all without proper adult supervision.

Event Listen to the Recording: Immigration Update: What’s Happened and What’s Next?  

On June 18, 2019, FCNL’s Immigration and Refugee Policy team, Hannah Evans and Gabriela Viera, offered a special briefing. Listen to the recording to hear about how our immigration priorities have played out in D.C. and how you can take action on the next steps to advancing political change.

Update House Advances Enforcement Spending Bill Limiting Detention, Increasing Oversight 

FCNL advocates have worked tirelessly with congressional leaders to stop the expansion of detention and cruel immigration enforcement – many of our priorities are reflected in the House spending bill advanced this week. There is more work ahead.

Update FCNL’s Vote Recommendations on FY 2020 Funding Measure 

(Updated June 19, 2019)

This week the U.S. House of Representatives is moving a $1 trillion spending package to fund key federal departments and agencies. In the process of debating and voting on the measure, Members of Congress will be considering multiple amendments.

Press Release House Votes to Provide Undocumented Immigrants a Pathway to Citizenship 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) praised the House of Representatives for passing the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) with bipartisan support. The bill is one of the largest legalization efforts for Dreamers and other groups of undocumented immigrants to date.

Letter Quaker Lobby Urges Support for U.S. Resettlement Ahead of World Refugee Day 

That the U.S. has historically been the largest destination for refugee resettlement is a testament to our nation's long, proud history as a beacon of hope for those who seek lives free from violence and oppression. This month, in honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, FCNL is participating in a letter-a-day campaign to hold the administration accountable to restoring the U.S. resettlement program.

Press Release Long Delayed Disaster Relief Package Welcome Aid to Millions 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) praised the Senate for completing its work on a disaster relief package that was months overdue. The central component of the bipartisan compromise includes $19.1 billion to help Americans citizens recover from natural disasters from 2017-2019. The most controversial aspect of the process – a late-breaking Administration request to include an unrelated $4.5 billion more in border enforcement funding – has been avoided. The House must now follow suit without any further delay.

Statement FCNL Urges Judiciary Members to Pass Inclusive Legislation for Dreamers, TPS Recipients 

The House Judiciary Committee is marking up legislation outlining a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS recipients, and DED holders, all of whom are at risk of deportation pending cancellation of their protections.

Update Investing in a Better Future 

It’s appropriations season on Capitol Hill. That means that Congress is deciding where and how to spend trillions of taxpayer dollars in the next fiscal year (which starts on October 1). This is important work, since most laws—good and bad—can only be implemented if they are funded.

Letter Faith Groups to Congress: Prioritize Human Needs, Not Immigration Enforcement 

As the appropriations process for 2020 begins, FCNL joined 30 national, faith-based organizations in calling on Congress to recognize its moral obligation to allocate federal funds in a manner that prioritizes human needs, rather than expanding immigration enforcement measures that attack children, families, and workers.

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