LIRS Staff Member Observes Hearings for Unaccompanied Children, What She Saw Was Heartbreaking   Published 10/24/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEFosterChild300

Today, I’d like to share a guest post from Jessica Jones, LIRS Children and Youth Policy Advocate. Jessica recently sat in on the hearings of several unaccompanied children. When she arrived at the courtroom, she didn’t expect to be a lifeline to families. But what unfolded shows how by lending... more

Reports, Voters, and Obama — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 10/24/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_top_picks

Anti-immigrant rhetoric continues to make itself present in political ads, campaign speeches, and debates. But are voters singing a different tune than those vying to represent them? Through the ballot, as we see this week in a piece from America’s Voice, Americans again have voted to limit... more

From Fleeing the Death Squad in El Salvador to Lutheran Pastor — Pastor Pedro Portillo Shares His Story  Published 10/23/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEPastorPedro300x300

Today, I’m delighted to share the courageous story of Pastor Pedro Portillo. In the 1980’s, Pastor Portillo fled... more

HEADLINES: Border Crisis — October 23, 2014  Published 10/23/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_immigration_headlines

Even though the number of unaccompanied minors streaming across the border has decreased in recent months, the factors that forced many from their homes still exist. Drug gangs still run in Guatemala, people are still disappearing in El Salvador, Honduras is still the murder capital of the world,... more

Haitian Family Reunification Victory! Obama Administration Announces Program to Expedite Family Reunification  Published 10/21/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

Last Friday, I was greatly heartened to see the Obama Administration announce that they will begin to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitians. Called the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) program, the program will accelerate family reunification for Haitians who are... more

Elections, Voters, and Ads — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 10/17/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_top_picks

From Colorado to Kentucky, immigration continues to take center stage as mid-term campaigns enter their final weeks. However, it is time for the rhetoric to stop and for action to start in order to prevent repeating the story that Aura Bogado brings to us this week in ColorLines. In his New... more

HEADLINES: Border Crisis — October 15, 2014  Published 10/15/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_immigration_headlines

Immigration remains a hot topic along the campaign trail as congressional representatives enter the last few weeks of their mid-term campaigns. While politicians argue, migrants and refugees are forced to risk their lives in pursuit of a better life in this country. It is time for politicians to... more