LIRS Academy Graduate Tells 2015 Applicants: This Academy Will Make an Impact in Your Lives and Your Communities  Published 3/5/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMENyamal300

Nyamal Tutdeal has an interminable energy to create good and motivate others. A former refugee from South Sudan and graduate of the LIRS World Refugee Day Academy, Nyamal works for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska... more

Mothers, Funding, and Enforcement — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 3/5/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_top_picks

The Department of Homeland Security has successfully been funded for the remainder of the fiscal year. However, the fates of  the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) expansion and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) are uncertain. Immigrant Mom Writes About Her Wait for... more

HEADLINES Immigration — March 4, 2015  Published 3/4/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (1)

Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved Department of Homeland Security funding through September. However, immigrants are still in jeapordy due to a recent Texas ruling halting November's Executive Actions. Millions of DREAMers, children eligible for Deferred Action for Child... more

We Need Your Voice Today! House Subcommittee to Consider Destructive Legislation  Published 3/3/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEStatueofLiberty300x300

We recently wrote about how the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security of the House of Representative’s Judiciary Committee was preparing to debate four pieces of legislation that would strip protections for migrant children traveling alone, harm vulnerable newcomers and the communities... more

‘Something With Their Hands' – Through Courageous Eyes  Published 2/27/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEThroughCourageousEyes300x300

This week our feature is about FORAI – Friends of Refugees and Immigrants – a non-profit that provides training and mentorship for refugee women in St. Louis, MO. The participants create handcrafted items to provide supplemental income for their families and move toward starting their own... more

HEADLINES: Immigration — February 27, 2015  Published 2/27/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEPresident Obama Speech 300x300

The recent ruling in Texas that delays the roll-out of the President's Executive Actions and the funding battle over the Department of Homeland Security force many migrants and Americans alike to live in uncertainty amidst all this uncertainty. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: Immigration. I’ll... more

Obama, Border Patrol, and Children — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 2/26/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEDadandSonFlag300x300

President Obama held a town hall meeting last night on immigration. He discussed how despite the recent court ruling striking down his Executive Orders, he is committed to fighting for the millions of migrants who call America home, and for all who seek the opportunity that this country... more