Debate on Migrant Children and Families is Not Over as Congress Comes Back to D.C.— National Action Alert  Published 9/2/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

On September 8th, Congress will come back to Washington, D.C. after spending a month in their hometowns during the August recess. You may recall how Congress failed to pass additional funding to protect and serve children, refugees, families, and other vulnerable migrants before leaving... more

North Carolina Lutherans Speak Out Against Anti-Immigrant Resolution — State Action Alert  Published 8/28/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_state_alert

Grassroots advocates across the country are working hard to remove unjust and unwelcoming legislation. GeoRene Jones, a Glocal Ministry Team Facilitator at St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salisbury, North Carolina is part of a team of these tireless advocates. Recently, a resolution was... more

Immigration Groups File Lawsuit Against Obama Administration — National Action Alert  Published 8/26/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

Last week, four organizations — the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the American Immigration Council, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the National Immigration Law Center — filed a lawsuit alleging the Obama Administration is unlawfully limiting the... more

Thank You For Your Support! LIRS Advocacy Actions Reach Highest Level Yet  Published 8/22/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEfalg300x300

The support for children and families fleeing Central America due to violence and persecution has been overwhelming. Since July, more than 900 actions were taken through our Action Center, the highest level of action yet. However, we still need your voice to ensure families and children are... more

Migrant Mother's Courageous Story Moves Lutherans to Action — State Action Alert  Published 8/21/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_state_alert

Congregations across the country have stepped up to respond to, and learn from, the families fleeing violence in Central America. In July, Folabi Olagbaju, LIRS National Grassroots Director, and Alexia Salvatierra of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America led... more

'Our Response Must be Informed by a Faith That Always Sides with the Outsider' — Interview with Rev. David Vasquez  Published 8/20/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEDvasquezActofLove300

Pastor David Vasquez is an inspirational champion of welcome. As Senior Faith Advisor to the #ActOfLove advocacy campaign, he boldly reminds us... more

Immigration Detention Causes Malnutrition and Psychological Trauma in Children — National Action Alert  Published 8/19/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

A few weeks ago, Nora Skelly, former LIRS Assistant Director for Advocacy, shared a powerful reflection of her visit to the Artesia, NM detention facility currently used to detain hundreds of mothers and children from Central America. While we have seen tremendous media coverage of the inhumane... more