'Our Response Must be Informed by a Faith That Always Sides with the Outsider' — Interview with Rev. David Vasquez  Published 8/20/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEDvasquezActofLove300

Pastor David Vasquez is an inspirational champion of welcome. As Senior Faith Advisor to the #ActOfLove advocacy campaign, he boldly reminds us... more

Immigration Detention Causes Malnutrition and Psychological Trauma in Children — National Action Alert  Published 8/19/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

A few weeks ago, Nora Skelly, former LIRS Assistant Director for Advocacy, shared a powerful reflection of her visit to the Artesia, NM detention facility currently used to detain hundreds of mothers and children from Central America. While we have seen tremendous media coverage of the inhumane... more

How Do You Become a Voice for Welcome in Your Community? Find Out Here.  Published 8/14/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_state_alert

Many of us feel concern and a desire to care for children and family migrants seeking refuge. Figuring out how to help can be overwhelming so we’ve compiled a list of resources that includes several things you can do in your local community to show support for persons fleeing Central... more

LIRS Sample Letter to Members of Congress September 2014  Published 8/14/2014 in LIRS

LIRS Sample Letter to Members of... more

All Eyes On Obama: President Expected to Act on Immigration — National Action Alert  Published 8/12/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

Last week, Congress failed to pass legislation to protect children and families seeking refuge in the United States before heading home for August recess. The Senate’s bill from June 2013 to fix our broken immigration system has yet to be considered by the House of Representatives. Now, all... more

Would You Defend Your Life in Court Without an Attorney? These Children Do  Published 8/7/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEHispanic boy 2

Today, I'd like to introduce a guest blog post from LIRS Director for Access to Justice, Liz Sweet. Sweet reflects on a recent lawsuit challenging the federal government's failure to provide thousands of vulnerable migrant children with lawyers in their deportation hearings.  Sweet writes: A... more

Top 4 Actions to Ask Your Member of Congress to Take during August Recess — State Action Alert  Published 8/7/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_state_alert

The August congressional recess started this week. 2014 is an election year, so many Members of Congress will be spending a great deal of time in their home districts, hosting local town hall meetings and speaking with constituents.  This month provides a great opportunity to join with... more