STATEMENT – LIRS Response to Reports of Trump Administration Reducing Refugee Arrivals to Less than 50,000 for Next Fiscal Year

For Immediate Release: September 13, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 WASHINGTON, DC – 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. The decision to […]

STATEMENT – Cleary Gottlieb Files U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief on behalf of LIRS Supporting Continued Admission of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors

For Immediate Release: September 13, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 Shannon Lynch slynch@cgsh.com; 212-225-3473 WASHINGTON, DC – 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 […]

STATEMENT – LIRS Applauds Ninth Circuit Decision to Continue to Welcome Refugees

For Immediate Release: September 7, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 WASHINGTON, DC – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) applauds today’s decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to allow refugees who have a commitment to be received by a U.S. resettlement agency and family members, such as grandparents, to be exempt […]

STATEMENT – LIRS Denounces Trump Administration’s Decision to End DACA Program

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2017 MEDIA CONTACTS: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 WASHINGTON, DC – 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. “We are deeply […]

STATEMENT – 200 Elected Officials Urge President Trump to Resettle 75K Refugees

For Immediate Release: August 29, 2017 MEDIA CONTACTS: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 On August 28, 2017, 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. […]

STATEMENT – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Condemns DHS Decision to End the Central American Minors (CAM) Parole Program

For Immediate Release: August 16, 2017 MEDIA CONTACTS: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 WASHINGTON, DC – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) strongly condemns today’s notice by the Department of Homeland Security to end the life-saving Central American Minors (CAM) Parole program for vulnerable child refugees from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. The temporary humanitarian parole […]

LIRS Signs on to Faith Letter Urging Congress to Oppose RAISE Act

August 11, 2017 Dear Members of Congress, As faith-based organizations, denominations, congregations, and religious leaders across the United States, we stand united against attempts to scale back legal immigration and place stumbling blocks in front of family reunification. We are deeply troubled by the introduction of the RAISE Act by Senators Cotton (R-AR) and Perdue […]

STATEMENT – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Strongly Opposes the Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Refugee RAISE ACT

For Immediate Release: August 2, 2017 MEDIA CONTACTS: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 WASHINGTON, DC – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) strongly opposes the RAISE ACT, a dangerous and harmful piece of legislation introduced today by Senators Tom Cotton (AR) and David Perdue (GA) and endorsed by President Donald Trump at the White House. If […]

STATEMENT – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Vehemently Opposes Funding for a U.S.-Mexico Border Wall

For Immediate Release: July 31, 2017 MEDIA CONTACTS: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 Michelle Blundell mblundell@mrss.com; 202-478-6176 WASHINGTON, DC – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) vehemently opposes the proposed $1.6 billion in funding for the construction of border fencing, which is part of the fiscal year 2018 appropriations legislation currently under consideration by the U.S. […]

STATEMENT – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Denounces President Trump’s Failure to Recognize Central American Child Migration as a Refugee Crisis

For Immediate Release: July 28, 2017 MEDIA CONTACTS: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 Michelle Blundell mblundell@mrss.com; 202-478-6176 WASHINGTON, DC – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) denounces President Trump’s statements today saying Central American kids are a burden on U.S. communities, as well as his generalizations about their relationship to MS-13. LIRS has found the opposite […]