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

Lutheran Delegation Visits El Salvador and Learns of the Violence, and Love, Driving the Border Crisis  Published 9/11/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_state_alert

I’ve noticed, especially as of late, how countless individuals have gone above and beyond to reach out to those affected by the border crisis. Recently, a delegation from the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) El Salvador Committee made a trip... more

HEADLINES: Border Crisis — September 10, 2014  Published 9/10/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_immigration_headlines

Elected officials have returned to Washington, D.C. after a recess full of criticism for failing to address the border crisis before their vacation. Activists, religious leaders, and business leaders are all calling for compassionate action. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: Border Crisis. I’ll... more

President Obama Delays Anticipated Executive Action on Immigration — National Action Alert  Published 9/9/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

On Saturday, President Obama announced his plans to delay executive action on immigration, postponing the opportunity to alleviate suffering caused by our immigration system until after the November midterm elections. In an interview on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” the President argued that... more

NEW BORDER CRISIS MYTHBUSTER! These 5 Facts Will Help Guide Your Conversation on the Crisis   Published 9/8/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEMythbuster_border_crisis_1200x1200-02300x300

Today, I'm thrilled to unveil the new Border Crisis Mythbuster.  The national discourse on immigration is complicated by a constant stream of misinformation that derails dialogue. I am sure you have experienced it: hearing some unfounded talking point repeated on cable news trickle down into... more

Elections, Executive Action, and Obama — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 9/5/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_top_picks

President Obama is facing pressure from all sides to take action on immigration reform after Congress failed to move forward on the issue before the August recess. In this week's edition of top picks, I’d like to highlight a piece from America’s Voice demonstrating that it is time for... more

World Refugee Day Academy Participant Kuoth Wiel Discusses Starring in 'The Good Lie' with Reese Witherspoon  Published 9/4/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEKuothWielTimesSquare

Today, I’m thrilled to share an interview with Kuoth Wiel, a former refugee who recently acted next to Reese Witherspoon in the upcoming movie, The Good Lie. When she was eight, Kuoth escaped the Sudanese civil war and landed in Minnesota with the help of LIRS and Lutheran Social Services of... more