‘Something With Their Hands' – Through Courageous Eyes  Published 2/27/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEThroughCourageousEyes300x300

This week our feature is about FORAI – Friends of Refugees and Immigrants – a non-profit that provides training and mentorship for refugee women in St. Louis, MO. The participants create handcrafted items to provide supplemental income for their families and move toward starting their own... more

HEADLINES: Immigration — February 27, 2015  Published 2/27/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEPresident Obama Speech 300x300

The recent ruling in Texas that delays the roll-out of the President's Executive Actions and the funding battle over the Department of Homeland Security force many migrants and Americans alike to live in uncertainty amidst all this uncertainty. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: Immigration. I’ll... more

Obama, Border Patrol, and Children — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 2/26/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEDadandSonFlag300x300

President Obama held a town hall meeting last night on immigration. He discussed how despite the recent court ruling striking down his Executive Orders, he is committed to fighting for the millions of migrants who call America home, and for all who seek the opportunity that this country... more

The International Problem of Child Detention -- A Guest Post by Vicki Kline  Published 2/25/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEBarbedWire300

The Obama Administration has reinforced the detention of children and mothers seeking safety at our borders. Sadly, the practice of detention is not unique to the United States. However, people of faith around the world and advocacy groups, including LIRS, are speaking out against this inhumane... more

DHS Funding Expires This Friday -- Shutdown Will Have Harmful Effects on Migrants  Published 2/25/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

Congressional budget decisions come down to the wire this Friday, February 27th when funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for Fiscal Year 2015 will expire. Without Congressional action before midnight Friday, DHS will be forced to shut down. The struggle for DHS funding has been... more

‘A Song to Life, a Poem to the Will to Survive’ – Through Courageous Eyes  Published 2/20/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEThroughCourageousEyes300x300

Today I bring to you the incredible story and the moving poetry of Erick Fajardo. He and his family came to the United States from Bolivia seeking political asylum. Over several emails we corresponded about his experiences here and his work as a journalist and poet. The Through Courageous... more

Lawsuit, Obama, and Executive Action — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 2/20/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEstatueoflibertyfront300x300

Though the President’s Executive Actions were dealt a blow in this week’s district court ruling in Texas, the Administration remains confident in the constitutionality of the plan, which will protect millions of hard-working migrants and their families from deportation and separation.  The... more