LIRS Condemns DHS Decision to End the Central American Minors Parole Program

“Parole is a lifesaving aspect of the United States’ longstanding commitment to offer safety and protection,” according to Kay Bellor, LIRS’ Vice President for Programs. “LIRS calls on the Administration to heed our moral obligation to protect the most vulnerable among us—children.”

LIRS Strongly Opposes the Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Refugee RAISE ACT

“Immigrants and refugees enrich and strengthen the United States,” said Linda Hartke, LIRS president and CEO. “Our faith demands that we stand with vulnerable immigrants and refugees, especially in a moment when our world is facing a refugee crisis on a scale never before seen. We have over 65 million people forcibly displaced worldwide, over 22 million refugees, half of whom are children. Our country can, and should, not turn a blind eye to those in need.”

LIRS Vehemently Opposes Funding for a U.S.-Mexico Border Wall

“At a time when we should be building bridges, promoting cooperation, and investing in our communities, funding for a border wall does none of that. As men and women of faith, we can think of numerous other ways to empower American communities, make them safer, and ensure the well-being of our people with the $1.6 billion proposed for border fencing,” said Linda Hartke, president and CEO, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

One Young Supporter Celebrates Her Birthday at LIRS  Published in REDEFINING WELCOMEIMG_7473

In a year that has been challenging for refugee resettlement, hope sometimes pops up when you least expect it. As LIRS works tirelessly to elevate a narrative of welcome in a divided America, we have been inspired by the outpouring of support from individual donors, advocates, and volunteers –... more

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