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Nov. 27, 2013 NEWS RELEASE — Thanksgiving Celebration Renews American Tradition of Welcoming Migrants and Refugees

For Immediate Release        Press Contact: Jon Pattee jpattee@lirs.org, (202) 591-5778 WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 27, 2013 – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) this week marks Thanksgiving with gratitude for America’s deep-rooted tradition of being a safe refuge for persecuted peoples past and present, from the Pilgrims to today’s refugees from terror, torture, and oppression. “America’s […]

Nov. 21, 2013 NEWS RELEASE — LIRS Convenes Lutheran Leaders in Conjunction with Miami NIIC 6

For Immediate Release   Press Contact: Jon Pattee (202) 591-5778, jpattee@lirs.org WASHINGTON, D.C. Nov. 21, 2013 — The crucial role of churches in building social connections for immigrants was reaffirmed this week as over 40 Lutheran leaders met in Miami to strengthen ties among themselves and with participants in the National Immigrant Integration Conference (Miami NIIC […]

Nov. 14, 2013 NEWS RELEASE — LIRS Urges Congress to Seize Historic Opportunity for Immigration Reform

For Immediate Release       Press Contact: Jon Pattee (202) 591-5778, jpattee@lirs.org WASHINGTON, D.C. Nov. 14, 2013 — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) today urged Congress to take advantage of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to achieve fair and compassionate immigration reform. “Our country, communities, and congregations need an immigration system that works for migrants, refugees, and America,” […]

Nov. 13, 2013 NEWS RELEASE — LIRS Receives Langeloth Foundation Grant to Strengthen Community-based Alternatives to Immigration Detention

For Immediate Release    Press Contact: Jon Pattee (202) 591-5778, jpattee@lirs.org WASHINGTON, D.C. Nov. 13, 2013 — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $50,000 planning grant from the Langeloth Foundation that will help to pave the way for strengthened community-based  alternatives to detention in the United States. […]

Nov. 4, 2013 NEWS RELEASE — LIRS Elects New Board Members as 75th Anniversary Celebration Draws Near

For Immediate Release      Press Contact: Jon Pattee (202) 591-5778, jpattee@lirs.org WASHINGTON, D.C. Nov. 4, 2013 — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), which will mark its 75th anniversary in 2014, today announced the election of four new board members. “LIRS is honored to have four new directors with great skills join our board,” LIRS President […]

Oct. 31, 2013 NEWS RELEASE — LIRS Helps U.S. Reach Refugee Admissions Target for First Time Since 1980

For Immediate Release         Press Contact: Jon Pattee (202) 591-5778, jpattee@lirs.org WASHINGTON, D.C. Oct. 31, 2013 — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) resettled over 10,000 refugees in fiscal year 2013, thereby contributing, as America’s second-largest resettlement agency, to the United States reaching its refugee admissions target for the first time since 1980. “LIRS has resettled 10,095 […]

September 24, 2013 STATEMENT — LIRS Welcomes the Protect Family Values at the Border Act

Press Contact: Jon Pattee 202-591-5778, jpattee@lirs.org Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), the national organization established by Lutheran churches in the United States to serve uprooted people, welcomes Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard’s (D-CA) introduction of H.R. 3130, the Protect Family Values at the Border Act to better protect migrants and refugees in the custody of the […]