STATEMENT — LIRS Statement Regarding Supreme Court Decision on Travel Ban

"Today’s decision is not a final one, nor should it be seen as a victory for anyone,” says Linda Hartke, LIRS president and CEO. “Limiting the U.S.’ ability to protect the most vulnerable is not a victory, nor was this ruling essential to ensuring a thorough review of the refugee vetting processes."

STATEMENT — LIRS Applauds Decision by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to Uphold Freeze on President Trump’s Travel Ban

“It is heartening that once again, the courts are on the right side of justice,” said Linda Hartke, president and CEO of LIRS. “In upholding the lower court’s decision to stop President Trump’s travel and refugee ban from going into effect, we are staying true to our American values."

Faith, Welcome, and the New Sanctuary Movement  Published in REDEFINING WELCOMESeafarersFamilysmall

We’re glad to welcome Pastor Marsh Drege to the Redefining Welcome blog this week as a guest writer. Pastor Drege is the Executive Director of Seafarers International House in New York City. Pastor Marsh Drege (center) with two asylees who... more

Refugee Sunday: How will you celebrate?  Published in REDEFINING WELCOMERefugee Sunday

For several years, we at LIRS have encouraged supporters to choose a Sunday to focus on refugees. Many... more

Be Not Afraid: Immigration Resources for Congregations  Published in REDEFINING WELCOMERightsCards

With many recent changes to immigration policies, many congregations and other community groups are asking about how to get involved in supporting their immigrant parishioners and neighbors. In a number of communities across the country, immigrants are being deported or fear being detained.... more