California, Unaccompanied Minors, & Detention — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 7/11/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_top_picks

The humanitarian crisis that began on the U.S. southern border is beginning to effect other parts of the nation. In this week’s edition of the Top Picks, I’d like to highlight a post by Aura Bogado of Colorlines who offers a positive story from the complex situation taking place in Murrieta,... more

‘The U.S. Should Remain a Refuge’ — LIRS President and CEO Linda Hartke Writes to the Washington Post  Published 7/10/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEWashington Post 300x300

The Washington Post recently published my letter to the editor. On July 2, I expressed the dire need to offer children fleeing violence in Central America a place of safety in the United States. Please take a moment to read my letter: People of faith in the United States opened their hearts and... more

Folabi Speaks: Sharing about LIRS in Salisbury, North Carolina  Published 7/10/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMESalisbury 2 300x300

Folabi Olagbaju is the LIRS National Grassroots Director. One important part of his work involves visiting Lutheran churches, synods, and districts across the... more

HEADLINES: Immigration — July 10, 2014  Published 7/10/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_immigration_headlines

The crisis along the southern border continues to challenge elected officials. The need for medical care and safe housing is growing and receiving mixed reactions. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: Immigration. I’ll bring you all the most important and up-to-date news on the immigration... more

Obama Administration Threatens to Erode Protections for Children — National Action Alert  Published 7/8/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

The U.S. government’s voice of welcome to vulnerable migrant children risks being rescinded. From 2002 up to 2011, the U.S. government has championed many much needed reforms to assist unaccompanied migrant children who have fled to the United States, seeking refuge in our country. The U.S.... more

'Home is Where You Find Peace, Love, and Freedom,' Former Refugees Share What the United States Means to Them  Published 7/4/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEfireworks 300

Happy Fourth of July! I hope that all get a moment to enjoy today with family and friends. The United States stands as a symbol of freedom and justice. It has also become a place of safety, security, and opportunity for immigrants and refugees fleeing complex situations in their home countries. In... more

Here to Tell Our Stories of Struggle: Two Old Friends Reunite at World Refugee Day Academy  Published 7/3/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEYeshey 300x300

New friendships were formed and old acquaintances renewed at our recent World Refugee Day Academy. One reunion was deeply moving; I'm delighted to... more