July 27, 2016 STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is Heartened by Increased Protection for Central American Refugees

LIRS is encouraged by this week’s announcement by the Obama Administration that it will expand the Central American Minors (CAM) program and create an in-country refugee referral program. These advancements will allow more Central American refugees to be admitted to the United States to live in safety and start new lives.

July 8, 2016 STATEMENT — Decision by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Further Confirms the Need to Stop Locking Up Immigrant Mothers and Children

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) applauds this week’s decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the U.S. District Court’s unequivocally ruled accompanied children are protected under the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement, affirming the July 2015 ruling by Judge Dolly Gee of the Central District Court of California.

My name is Samba Halkose  Published 7/28/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMESambaSmall

Guest blogger Samba Halkose participated in the 2016 LIRS Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy. The... more

Anticipating the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants  Published 7/14/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOME

Last week, I participated in a panel discussion titled the “2016 UN Summit on Large Scale Movements of Refugees and Migrants” as part of the Rethinking the Global Refugee Protection System conference in New York City, sponsored by the Center for Migration Studies. As you may be aware of, the... more

SCOTUS Ruling Offers No Reprieve from Fear  Published 6/23/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEDAPAdad

Today, we share the disappointing news that the U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-anticipated decision in United States v. Texas, providing the final ruling on whether President Obama had the authority to create the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and... more

LIRS and U.S. Government Leaders Recognize Global Migration at World Refugee Day Event  Published 6/20/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOME

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) hosted a World Refugee Day celebration and panel discussion today at the National Press Club to discuss global migration and issues related to U.S. refugee resettlement. Participants included Antony Blinken, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State; Shelly... more

Safe in America, But Separated from His Family  Published 6/18/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (1)

This blog was written by Abdalhamid Ali, a participant in the 2016 LIRS Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy. Here is his story: My name is Abdalhamid Musa Abdalla Ali. I was born in a small village near the town of Zalingei, which is located in the central Darfur state of Sudan. I grew up... more