We Need Your Voice Today! Urge Congress to Protect Unaccompanied Children and Refugees — National Action Alert  Published 7/22/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

The Obama Administration recently requested that Congress enact a $3.7 billion Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill, which includes $1.83 billion for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR); $1.1 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement; $433 million for Customs and Border... more

5 Ways to Support Children and Families in the Border Crisis — State Action Alert  Published 7/18/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_state_alert

As the border crisis continues to escalate, we have received messages from individuals asking “What can I do?” We are deeply grateful for this outpouring of compassion. Here are 5 ways individuals, congregations, and communities can support those seeking refuge. 1.... more

Immigration Courts, Aspiring Americans, and the Detention Quota— Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 7/18/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_top_picks

The immigration system in this nation has been neglected for far too long. Now the broken system is being pushed to its limits as it struggles to meet the challenges from the current humanitarian crisis. In this week’s edition of the Top Picks, I’d like to highlight a post by Carly Perez that... more

HEADLINES: Immigration — July 17, 2014  Published 7/17/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_immigration_headlines

Elected officials are at odds for a solution for the humanitarian crisis that is now dominating U.S. media and politics. Activists, religious leaders, and business leaders are all calling for compassionate action. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: Immigration. I’ll bring you all the most important... more

California, Unaccompanied Minors, & Detention — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 7/11/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_top_picks

The humanitarian crisis that began on the U.S. southern border is beginning to effect other parts of the nation. In this week’s edition of the Top Picks, I’d like to highlight a post by Aura Bogado of Colorlines who offers a positive story from the complex situation taking place in Murrieta,... more

‘The U.S. Should Remain a Refuge’ — LIRS President and CEO Linda Hartke Writes to the Washington Post  Published 7/10/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEWashington Post 300x300

The Washington Post recently published my letter to the editor. On July 2, I expressed the dire need to offer children fleeing violence in Central America a place of safety in the United States. Please take a moment to read my letter: People of faith in the United States opened their hearts and... more

Folabi Speaks: Sharing about LIRS in Salisbury, North Carolina  Published 7/10/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMESalisbury 2 300x300

Folabi Olagbaju is the LIRS National Grassroots Director. One important part of his work involves visiting Lutheran churches, synods, and districts across the... more