LIRS Response to Reports of Trump Administration Reducing Refugee Arrivals

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is deeply disappointed in reports that the Trump Administration is considering capping the number of refugee arrivals at fewer than 50,000 for fiscal year 2018—the lowest cap in more than three decades.

Amicus Brief Filed for LIRS on behalf of Unaccompanied Minors

Cleary Gottlieb today filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the Trump Administration’s emergency motion to refuse admission of refugees, including unaccompanied refugee minors (URMs), who have received assurances of resettlement from a U.S. resettlement agency, while the Supreme Court considers constitutional and statutory challenges to Executive Order 13780 (EO-2).

LIRS Applauds Ninth Circuit Decision to Continue to Welcome Refugees

“We feel the Court made the right decision to uphold American values of protection for the most vulnerable,” said Linda Hartke. “It is obvious that if refugees have close bonds with extended family such as grandparents and cousins in the U.S., then this country should make every effort to keep those families together.”

LIRS Denounces Trump Administration’s Decision to End DACA Program

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is deeply disappointed that today, the Trump Administration announced plans to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that gave a deportation reprieve to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.

200 Elected Officials Urge President Trump to Resettle 75K Refugees

Nearly 200 local and state elected representatives from 31 states submitted a letter to President Trump expressing their strong support for resettling refugees in their states and communities, and urging him to resettle at least 75,000 refugees in the U.S. in Fiscal Year 2018.

What Being Undocumented Taught Me About Citizenship  Published in REDEFINING WELCOMEAlaide_Vilchis_Ibarra_blog

In honor of the courageous journey of millions of DACA recipients, I’d like to share a guest post by Alaide Vilchis Ibarra, Program Director, Migration Policy for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This originally published in 2014 but its message is timely now. Alaide shares her... more

One Young Supporter Celebrates Her Birthday at LIRS  Published in REDEFINING WELCOMEIMG_7473

In a year that has been challenging for refugee resettlement, hope sometimes pops up when you least expect it. As LIRS works tirelessly to elevate a narrative of welcome in a divided America, we have been inspired by the outpouring of support from individual donors, advocates, and volunteers –... more

Faith, Welcome, and the New Sanctuary Movement  Published in REDEFINING WELCOMESeafarersFamilysmall

We’re glad to welcome Pastor Marsh Drege to the Redefining Welcome blog this week as a guest writer. Pastor Drege is the Executive Director of Seafarers International House in New York City. Pastor Marsh Drege (center) with two asylees who... more