Caught Between Violence at Home and Rejection Abroad — State Action Alert  Published 9/29/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_state_alert

Today, I’d like to share a guest blog post from Rev. Ellen C. Jennrich, Chair of Global Partners Team of the Southwest California Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Rev. Jennrich was part of the Synod’s Welcoming Congregation’s mission to El Salvador this past summer. She... more

Border Patrol, Economics, and Contributions — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 9/26/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_top_picks

This nation was built by immigrants, and while many look for ways to prevent immigrants from coming, I’d like to highlight a piece from Immigration Impact that reveals how much of an impact new Americans would have on the economy. From Immigration Impact, Walter Ewing’s New Report... more

'I Am One of the Lucky Ones,' Honduran-born Attorney Shares Experiences of Unaccompanied Migrant Children  Published 9/24/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMELSG Logo 300

Today, I’d like to highlight a blog series by Honduran-born U.S. immigration attorney Killa M., who shares her perspective in a four-part blog series, “A Call to Mercy.” Killa’s story encompasses her personal history with the violence in her native country as well as the horrific... more

Advocate so that All Migrants Are Protected in Fiscal Year 2015 — National Action Alert  Published 9/24/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

Members of Congress returned to their home districts this week after passing a temporary bill that only funds the government until December 11th. As LIRS continues to advocate for adequate funding for migrant and refugee programs for the next fiscal year, the Department of Health and Human Services... more

HEADLINES: Border Crisis — September 24, 2014  Published 9/24/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_immigration_headlines

As representatives gear up for their midterm elections, immigration reform continues to take center stage during political debates. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: Border Crisis. I’ll bring you all the most important and up-to-date news on the immigration debate. Whether in 2014 or 2016,... more

'Mama, Why Are We Prisoners?' — Reflections from the Karnes Family Detention Facility  Published 9/22/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEYoung Hispanic Woman 300x300

Family detention centers have been opening up in response to the border crisis. These facilities hold mothers and young children who have just finished the traumatic journey from their home country to the United States. Nearly all of them seek protection from persecution. Liz Sweet, LIRS Director... more

Be Prepared to Cry—These Videos Capture the Real Relationship Between Foster Children and Foster Parents  Published 9/19/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEAziPicture300x300

“I was afraid to be myself, but I was never afraid to dream…The Burmese government took away all of my dreams…no one should live like that. I thought my foster family... more