Elections, Voters, and Ads — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 10/17/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_top_picks

From Colorado to Kentucky, immigration continues to take center stage as mid-term campaigns enter their final weeks. However, it is time for the rhetoric to stop and for action to start in order to prevent repeating the story that Aura Bogado brings to us this week in ColorLines. In his New... more

HEADLINES: Border Crisis — October 15, 2014  Published 10/15/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_immigration_headlines

Immigration remains a hot topic along the campaign trail as congressional representatives enter the last few weeks of their mid-term campaigns. While politicians argue, migrants and refugees are forced to risk their lives in pursuit of a better life in this country. It is time for politicians to... more

Massive New Family Detention Facility to Open in Texas -- National Action Alert  Published 10/14/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

The federal immigration enforcement authorities recently announced they will open a massive family detention facility in Dilley, Texas. The Dilley facility will detain 2,400 mothers and children once it is fully operational and will be the largest and most expensive immigration detention center in... more

Prayer Vigil to End Family Detention on Oct. 20th -- Make an Impact in the Lives of Detained Mothers and Children  Published 10/13/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEprayervigil300x300

It deeply saddens me to write that the inhumane and archaic practice of family detention is growing in our country. As LIRS and other organizations have documented again and again, detention is no place for children. There is no humane method to detain families. Most recently, Liz Sweet,... more

Sanctuary, Welcome, and Licenses — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 10/10/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_top_picks

Despite inaction by the President and congressional representatives, people of faith across the country continue to support migrants and refugees. This week I’d like to highlight two pieces from Sojourners that set two examples of how the faith community provides the right kind of welcome for... more

HEADLINES: Border Crisis — October 8, 2014  Published 10/8/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_immigration_headlines

This week the Obama administration introduced a plan that would allow migrant children to apply for refugee or asylum status in their home country, saving them from making the treacherous journey alone north. Hopefully under this plan, stories about the dangerous journey to America will become part... more

Two Successes for the Protection of Children and Families!  Published 10/7/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

Thus far, Congress and the Administration have not set a good track record in their response to the increased needs of children and families seeking safety in the United States. However, this week, in the wake of attempts to rollback legal protections for children from Central America,... more