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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

The International Problem of Child Detention -- A Guest Post by Vicki Kline  Published 2/25/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEBarbedWire300

The Obama Administration has reinforced the detention of children and mothers seeking safety at our borders. Sadly, the practice of detention is not unique to the United States. However, people of faith around the world and advocacy groups, including LIRS, are speaking out against this inhumane... more

DHS Funding Expires This Friday -- Shutdown Will Have Harmful Effects on Migrants  Published 2/25/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

Congressional budget decisions come down to the wire this Friday, February 27th when funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for Fiscal Year 2015 will expire. Without Congressional action before midnight Friday, DHS will be forced to shut down. The struggle for DHS funding has been... more