Family Detention, Deportation, and Economics — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 12/19/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEChristmas Tree Capitol

This holiday season, many are celebrating the opportunities the President’s executive actions affords them, or those they hold dear. At the same time, some detention facilities will be full of women and children, and families will still be torn apart by deportation. This week I would like to... more

‘Drawings By Themselves’ A Look into Immigration Detention – Through Courageous Eyes   Published 12/19/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEThroughCourageousEyes300x300

Today’s post for the Through Courageous Eyes series showcases the drawings and story of Marcela Castro who was held in U.S. immigration detention. This blog is curated by Cecilia Pessoa, LIRS Communications Associate. Marcela is originally from Costa Rica and came to the United States to... more

Attorney Shares Her Side of the Story After Winning Asylum for a Woman Who Fled Domestic Abuse  Published 12/18/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMELisWeinberg300x300

I’m honored to share a guest blog post by attorney Lisa Laurel Weinberg, who won an asylum case for a detained mother and her two children. The family had fled life-threatening abuse in Honduras,... more

HEADLINES: Immigration — December 17, 2014  Published 12/17/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEWhiteHouse300x300

As more of the President’s executive actions on immigration comes into focus, many eligible applicants seek to find out as much information as they can in order to “come out of the shadows and get right with the law,” as the President has encouraged them to do. Visit our blog for HEADLINES:... more

Breakdown of How Congress's 2015 Funding Affects Migrants and Refugees  Published 12/16/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

On Saturday, Congress worked down to the wire to pass legislation funding the government through Fiscal Year 2015, which ends September 30, 2015. The 1,013 page bill that passed both chambers of Congress authorizes $1.1 trillion in spending for almost the entire government. Funding for the... more

We Need Your Help! Give a Gift to One of the 300 Children in Karnes Detention Center this Christmas  Published 12/15/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEHopefortheHolidays300x300

As many of you know, LIRS recently held a Hope for the Holidays card writing campaign to give hope to families isolated in detention over the holidays. We asked supporters to write 1,700 cards, so that every migrant mother and child in family detention centers would receive a message of hope. We... more

First Steps Shows Us How to be More Supportive to New Americans -- Guest Post by Bishop Michael Rinehart  Published 12/12/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEMRinehart300x300

Today, I'm pleased to share a guest post by LIRS board member Bishop Michael Rinehart of the Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Bishop Rinehart writes on First Steps and... more