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'Mama, Why Are We Prisoners?' — Reflections from the Karnes Family Detention Facility  Published 9/22/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEYoung Hispanic Woman 300x300

Family detention centers have been opening up in response to the border crisis. These facilities hold mothers and young children who have just finished the traumatic journey from their home country to the United States. Nearly all of them seek protection from persecution. Liz Sweet, LIRS Director... more

Be Prepared to Cry—These Videos Capture the Real Relationship Between Foster Children and Foster Parents  Published 9/19/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEAziPicture300x300

“I was afraid to be myself, but I was never afraid to dream…The Burmese government took away all of my dreams…no one should live like that. I thought my foster family... more

Integration, Recognition, and Voting — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 9/19/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_top_picks

As America paused last week to remember the thirteenth anniversary of September 11th, Jong-Min You, a guest writer for Define American, shared his memories of that day thirteen years ago. Jong-Min You, like countless others, watched tragedy unfold on television, called his parents in New York to... more

HEADLINES: Border Crisis — September 18, 2014  Published 9/18/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_immigration_headlines

While immigration advocates express frustration with President Obama’s delay on immigration reform, many are stepping up to address the needs of those most impacted by the border crisis. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: Border Crisis. I’ll bring you all the most important and up-to-date news on... more

What Being Undocumented Taught Me About Citizenship  Published 9/17/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEAlaide Citizenship2300x300

Today is Citizenship Day! In honor of the courageous journey millions of Americans take to become citizens, I'd like to share a guest post by LIRS... more

This Week is National Welcoming Week! Find an Event in Your Town  Published 9/17/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMENational Welcoming Week 300x300

This week is National Welcoming Week! It’s easy to get caught up in the despair of the evening news. Daily, we hear stories of vulnerable mothers and children deported back to violent communities, families forced to live in the shadows, and lack of progress on immigration reform. When all this... more

Obama, Deportation, and Extremism — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 9/12/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_top_picks

As extremist rhetoric increases behind the effort to deport the undocumented, I’d like to highlight a piece from Sojourners where Felipe Diosdado reveals how much of an impact his deportation will have on his family. Thousands of lives just like Felipe’s hang in the balance. Now that Congress... more