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Activists, Obama, and Advocacy — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 10/31/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_top_picks

As candidates play politics and the president delays action, the lives of those who seek a better life in America hang in the balance. We see this week another heartbreaking story about the effects these games and delays have on the lives of migrants who are stuck in a broken system. Aura... more

Former Refugee Gives Lifeline to Bhutanese Refugees in Portland -- Grassroots Action Alert  Published 10/30/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_state_alert

Leaving your home and everything you know behind is difficult. It takes tremendous courage. Today, I'm thrilled to share the story of one former refugee, Som Subedi, who walks alongside newly arrived refugees and helps lift their burden.  In a recent feature in the LA Times, Som Subedi, a... more

HEADLINES: Border Crisis — October 29, 2014  Published 10/29/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_immigration_headlines

Reaching back to the sanctuary movement of the 1980’s, people of faith continue to serve those most in need, whether it’s through sanctuary, providing a house of welcome, giving the gift of family, or offering classes and educational resources to help migrants understand the complexities of the... more

United States Detains Mothers and Children at Alarming Rates — National Action Alert  Published 10/28/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

The world watches as the United States detains mothers and children at alarming rates. This week, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an international body that monitors human rights in the Americas, will be holding a series of hearings on its recent investigations into the U.S.... more

LIRS Staff Member Observes Hearings for Unaccompanied Children, What She Saw Was Heartbreaking   Published 10/24/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEFosterChild300

Today, I’d like to share a guest post from Jessica Jones, LIRS Children and Youth Policy Advocate. Jessica recently sat in on the hearings of several unaccompanied children. When she arrived at the courtroom, she didn’t expect to be a lifeline to families. But what unfolded shows how by lending... more

Reports, Voters, and Obama — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 10/24/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_top_picks

Anti-immigrant rhetoric continues to make itself present in political ads, campaign speeches, and debates. But are voters singing a different tune than those vying to represent them? Through the ballot, as we see this week in a piece from America’s Voice, Americans again have voted to limit... more

From Fleeing the Death Squad in El Salvador to Lutheran Pastor — Pastor Pedro Portillo Shares His Story  Published 10/23/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEPastorPedro300x300

Today, I’m delighted to share the courageous story of Pastor Pedro Portillo. In the 1980’s, Pastor Portillo fled... more