DACA, Congress, and DHS — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 1/30/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEstatueoflibertyfront300x300

This week, the fight to fund the Department of Homeland Security continued as a bill passed in the House made its way to the Senate. If passed, this bill would fund the department only if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program instituted by President Obama in 2013 and the... more

VA Pastor Equips Congregation to 'Connect Emotionally and Think Critically' About Immigration Reform  Published 1/29/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_state_alert

Pastor Brian L. Erickson, Senior Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington, VA engages his congregation in immigrant issues through border immersion experiences, conferences, and community outreach. Rev. Erickson hopes that this work will allow individuals to connect emotionally and think... more

HEADLINES: Immigration — January 28, 2015  Published 1/28/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEAmerican Flag, Photo Credit: DVIDSHUB

As mayors across the country unite in support of the president’s executive action, migrants under the threat of deportation still live in fear as the fate of the president’s action is still up for debate. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: Immigration. I’ll bring you all the most important and... more

Events Raise Awareness of Men, Women, and Children in Immigration Detention   Published 1/27/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

This week, the border bill sponsored by Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX) that was scheduled to be voted on in the House of Representatives has been tabled, ostensibly due to inclement weather. Saving our analysis of that bill for another day, we look instead to two events raising awareness of the tens of... more

Immigrant Advocate Barbara Ruhe Speaks About the First Steps Guide  Published 1/27/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage

Today I want to introduce Barbara Ruhe, a Lutheran and lawyer from Hartford, CT. She is a member of Grace Lutheran Church, a faith community that actively serves the Hartford refugee communities. Here she speaks to this ministry and the ways that the First Steps: An LIRS Guide for Refugees,... more

LIRS Staff Member Shares Her Heartbreaking Trip to Dilley Family Detention Center  Published 1/23/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEDilleyHousesFence300x300

Joanne Kelsey, LIRS Assistant Director for Advocacy, visited the freshly opened Dilley family detention center last week. What she saw and learned underscores how detention... more

Education, Economics, and Polls — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 1/23/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEDadandSonFlag300x300

As Congressional debate over immigration reform and the President’s Executive Action persists, evidence continues to pour in about the economic benefits and positive public opinion of immigrants, and their place in the fabric of the United States. This week, I’d like to feature a piece from... more