LIRS is encouraged by this week’s announcement by the Obama Administration that it will expand the Central American Minors (CAM) program and create an in-country refugee referral program. These advancements will allow more Central American refugees to be admitted to the United States to live in safety and start new lives.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) applauds this week’s decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the U.S. District Court’s unequivocally ruled accompanied children are protected under the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement, affirming the July 2015 ruling by Judge Dolly Gee of the Central District Court of California.
Last week, I participated in a panel discussion titled the “2016 UN Summit on Large Scale Movements of Refugees and Migrants” as part of the Rethinking the Global Refugee Protection System conference in New York City, sponsored by the Center for Migration Studies.
As you may be aware of, the... more
Today, we share the disappointing news that the U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-anticipated decision in United States v. Texas, providing the final ruling on whether President Obama had the authority to create the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and... more
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) hosted a World Refugee Day celebration and panel discussion today at the National Press Club to discuss global migration and issues related to U.S. refugee resettlement. Participants included Antony Blinken, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State; Shelly... more
This blog was written by Abdalhamid Ali, a participant in the 2016 LIRS Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy. Here is his story:
My name is Abdalhamid Musa Abdalla Ali. I was born in a small village near the town of Zalingei, which is located in the central Darfur state of Sudan. I grew up... more