STATEMENT – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Deeply Disappointed That Today’s Decision Will Needlessly Block Refugees from Coming to the U.S.

For Immediate Release: July 19, 2017 MEDIA CONTACTS: Michelle Blundell mblundell@mrss.com; 202-478-6176 BALTIMORE, MD – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is disappointed by today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that will continue to needlessly block refugees with “formal assurances” from being allowed to access safety and welcome in the U.S. Those with assurances […]

LIRS Signs on to Letter Urging U.S. Secretary of State to Preserve Role of PRM

Dear Mr. Secretary: As former diplomats and national security officials who have served in Republican and Democratic presidential administrations, and community leaders who have been involved in efforts around the world to address issues relating to conflict and displacement, we write with respect to your deliberations around the reorganization of the Department of State. We […]

STATEMENT – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Statement regarding the 50K refugee admissions cap

For Immediate Release: July 12, 2017 MEDIA CONTACTS: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 Michelle Blundell mblundell@mrss.com; 202-478-6176 BALTIMORE, MD – Today, U.S. refugee admissions reached the historically and arbitrarily low cap of 50,000 persons resettled for Fiscal Year 2017, as set forth in President Donald Trump’s March 6, 2017 executive order. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service […]

STATEMENT – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Statement regarding today’s SCOTUS decision regarding travel ban

For Immediate Release: June 26, 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 is deeply disappointed by today’s Supreme Court ruling that will allow a portion of the travel ban to go forward. This decision will have an immediate effect on our ability to […]

Submitted to the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives Hearing on June 14, 2017

H.R. 2826, (Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2017)   Dear Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers: The undersigned 117 organizations strongly oppose H.R. 2826, the “Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2017,” as introduced, including the amendment in the nature of substitute. This proposed legislation would dismantle the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, which has […]

Statement on The Protection of Children Act of 2017, H.R. 495 House Judiciary Committee

June 14, 2017 By: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Kids in Need of Defense, and the Women’s Refugee Commission Contact: Jessica Jones jjones@lirs.org Jennifer Podkul jpodkul@supportkind.org Leah Chavla leahc@wrcommission.org Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)1, Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)2, and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)3 appreciate the opportunity to submit our views about this […]

LIRS statement for the record on the House Judiciary Committees Markup of HR 2826 Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2017

House Judiciary Committee Markup of H.R. 2826: “The Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2017” June 14, 2017 By: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Contact: Javier Cuebas LIRS Director for Advocacy JCuebas@lirs.org; 202-626-7943 Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) appreciates the opportunity to submit its views for today’s markup of the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act […]

STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Applauds Decision by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to Uphold Freeze on President Trump’s Travel Ban

June 12, 2017 Press 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) applauds today’s decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson’s decision to stop President Trump’s travel ban on nationals from six Muslim-majority […]

STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Applauds Decision by 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to Uphold Maryland District Court Judge’s Decision

May 25, 2017 Press 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) applauds today’s decision by the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the decision by Maryland District Court Judge Theodore D. Chuang to issue a nationwide preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of the […]

STATEMENT — LIRS Urges Sufficient Funding to Welcome and Protect Refugees and Migrants in FY 2018 Budget Request

May 23, 2017 Press Contacts: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 Michelle Blundell mblundell@mrss.com; 202-478-6176 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Donald Trump released his Fiscal Year 2018 budget request, outlining his Administration’s priorities for the year ahead. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has significant concerns about the deep cuts found throughout this budget, especially those that would […]