STATEMENT — “For the sake of children and families” — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Strongly Opposes New DHS Immigration Enforcement Guidelines

February 21, 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) strongly opposes the new guidelines announced Friday by the Department of Homeland Security to significantly expand and expedite enforcement and removal priorities for undocumented immigrants. “These new guidelines are causing incredible fear among […]

STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Applauds U.S. Court of Appeals Decision to Uphold Stay on Refugee Travel Ban

February 9, 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 the U.S. Court of Appeals for its decision to uphold the stay put in place by the lower court regarding President Trump’s ban on refugees arriving in the United States from the […]

STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Denounces Trump Administration’s Executive Actions on Refugee Resettlement

January 27, 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) strongly opposes the Trump Administration’s decision today to sign an executive order that bans the arrival of Syrian refugees; suspends the entire U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days; and reduces the overall […]

STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Condemns the Trump Administration’s Actions Against Refugees and Migrants

January 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) strongly opposes the Trump Administration’s decision today to sign executive orders that direct federal resources towards building a barrier at the U.S. border and increasing the detention of migrants seeking entry into the […]

STATEMENT — LIRS welcomes National Defense Authorization Act Provision, still urges increase in overall SIV cap

December 1, 2016 Press Contact: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 WASHINGTON, DC – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) welcomes the provision in the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would, if passed, reauthorize the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for an additional four years. However, LIRS is disappointed that the final […]

STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service calls on Trump Administration to continue support for refugees and migrants

November 9, 2016 Press Contacts: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 Michelle Blundell mblundell@mrss.com; 202-478-6176 With respect to the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) affirms its commitment to work with the Trump Administration to uphold the United States’ long tradition of protecting and welcoming refugees. America has always been […]

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Dismayed as Administration Signals Long-Term Commitment to Family Detention

October 28, 2016 This week the for-profit company, Corrections Corporation of America, announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had extended its contract to detain immigrant families at the South Texas Family Residential Center facility in Dilley through September 2021. This decision precedes the results of a review that had been requested earlier this year […]

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

September 29, 2016 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 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 […]

September 22, 2016 STATEMENT – LIRS Welcomes the Introduction of the “Immigration Courts Bail Reform Act”

Washington, DC —Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), the national organization established by Lutheran churches in the United States to serve uprooted people, welcomes Representatives Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduction of the Immigration Courts Bail Reform Act.  The legislation would require the government to consider factors such […]

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

September 21, 2016 Press Contacts: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 Michelle Blundell mblundell@mrss.com; 202-478-6176 BALTIMORE, MD –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 […]