LIRS Staff Member Shares Her Heartbreaking Trip to Dilley Family Detention Center  Published 1/23/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEDilleyHousesFence300x300

Joanne Kelsey, LIRS Assistant Director for Advocacy, visited the freshly opened Dilley family detention center last week. What she saw and learned underscores how detention... more

Education, Economics, and Polls — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 1/23/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEDadandSonFlag300x300

As Congressional debate over immigration reform and the President’s Executive Action persists, evidence continues to pour in about the economic benefits and positive public opinion of immigrants, and their place in the fabric of the United States. This week, I’d like to feature a piece from... more

Former Refugee from Bhutan Tackles Stereotypes and Creates Change in Colorado  Published 1/22/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEBhuwandaughter300x300

Bhuwan Pyakurel, former refugee from Bhutan and World Refugee Day Academy participant, has created change in his Colorado community. After participating in the... more

HEADLINES: Immigration — January 21, 2015  Published 1/21/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEPresident Obama Speech 300x300

Yesterday, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to the nation. While the first half of his address focused on what America has “bounced back from," the second half focused on the values that America seeks to uphold. As Mr. Obama detailed, one of those values is reasoned debate... more

Congress, Climate Change, and Children — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 1/16/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEcapitol 300

New Congressional representatives had little time to make themselves comfortable before the battle to fund the Department of Homeland Security was placed in front of them. Already passed in the House, H.R. 240 includes harmful amendments that would separate families and place under daily fear of... more

‘To Draw My Future With My Own Hand’ – Through Courageous Eyes  Published 1/16/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEThroughCourageousEyes300x300

This is the story of Fatima, a teenage mother of three and widow, who learned photography at Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp. This story was written by Warda Al-Jawahiry, a contributor to the Tracks collection of stories of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). For the entire piece, please continue... more

House Passes Harmful Anti-Immigration Amendments to DHS Bill: Senate Expected to Oppose Bill  Published 1/15/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEDadandSonFlag300x300

On Tuesday, we updated you on proposed amendments to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill being considered in the House of Representatives (H.R. 240) that would separate families and harm young people who came to the United States as children. Because of your quick action, in 24... more