STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Welcomes Arrival of 85,000th Refugee This Year

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) applauds the arrival of the 85,000th refugee to be resettled by the Obama Administration in Fiscal Year 2016. This achievement is an important milestone in addressing the global refugee crisis and comes on the heels of the Administration’s announcement to resettle 110,000 refugees in the next fiscal year.

Statement from Linda Hartke, LIRS President and CEO, regarding Texas decision to withdraw refugee resettlement

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is extremely disappointed that the state of Texas has announced that it is pulling out of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Texas will still resettle refugees, but the coordinating role that the state has played will be facilitated instead by a designated non-profit organization.

4 Practical Ways to Welcome Refugees  Published 9/21/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEWaystoWelcomeRefugees

Maybe you've just learned that your congregation is going to sponsor a refugee family, or your new neighbors are immigrants from Central America, or you just want fresh ways to learn about other cultures and better connect with others. Whatever your situation, we've pulled together these... more

The World's Eyes on Refugees  Published 9/19/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEstatueofliberty

Today in New York City, global leaders are coming together to focus problem-solving energy on the worldwide migrant and refugee crisis. The fact that world leaders are pausing to focus on refugees and migrants speaks to the sense of urgency and complexity of the current crisis. But the real test... more

Join Us to Celebrate the Walk of Courage  Published 9/14/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEMadeleine Albright

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service walks alongside migrants and refugees on journeys that demand courage and hope. Their journeys require bravery in the face of the new and unknown, and call for faith in the promise of peace and opportunity. There are those who have gone above and beyond in... more

How Many Refugees Will the U.S. Accept Next Year?  Published 9/6/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEUnaccompanied Child

Last week, the 10,000th Syrian refugee arrived in the United States. Given the robust security screenings for Syrians, there was doubt throughout this past year about whether the U.S. would achieve that modest goal. We celebrate this milestone as we continue to advocate for the United States to... more

Sharing God’s love with Migrant Children  Published 8/30/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEAMMPAROvigilmap

Amanda Sheldon is the Congregational Outreach Manager at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Earlier this month, I had the... more