August 2, 2016 – Civil Society Statement to Member States on the High Level Meeting to Address Large Scale of Movements of Migrants and Refugees

We call upon the heads of state gathered for the High Level Meeting to Address Large Scale of Movements of Migrants and Refugees to join us and declare a simple vision, that their governments pledge to work, individually and collectively as members of the international community, to ensure that: (1) Every refugee can access asylum from persecution.

July 27, 2016 STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is Heartened by Increased Protection for Central American Refugees

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.

Learning to Welcome Refugees at the LCMS National Youth Gathering  Published 8/4/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMESyrian Refugee Simulation Boat

Katie Gowen, a young adult who volunteered with the LIRS experiential learning space at the Lutheran... more

Time is Ticking Away to Provide Critical Refugee Funding  Published 8/1/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMETwo refugee boys make "I love you" hand signs.

The days left on the Congressional calendar are numbered, and yet, funding provisions to respond to the greatest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime have not been... more

Samba Halkose: Finding A Better Life for My Children  Published 7/28/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMESambaSmall

Guest blogger Samba Halkose participated in the 2016 LIRS Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy. The... more

Anticipating the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants  Published 7/14/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOME

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

SCOTUS Ruling Offers No Reprieve from Fear  Published 6/23/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEDAPAdad

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