June 23, 2016 STATEMENT — United States Supreme Court Ruling Offers No Reprieve from Fear

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 expand...

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

How You Can Help Make #RefugeesWelcome  Published 6/16/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage

The world is facing an enormous challenge: how to best support the millions of refugees across the globe. LIRS has joined dozens of other humanitarian, religious, and non-profit organizations that are working to support refugees both overseas as well as in the United States. The Refugees... more

A Rising Refugee Leader  Published 6/6/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMENyamal, emcee at the LIRS 2015 Gala

Nyamal Tutdeal is a former refugee from South Sudan who was resettled in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1996. In 2014, you wouldn't have heard that... more

'Abrazos' Means Hugs  Published 5/26/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMESisters hug each other in ABRAZOS

This guest post is by Paul Erbes, LIRS Gift Officer Imagine hugging your grandmother for the first time, or a brother you’d never met, or your mother whom you haven’t... more