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 […]

STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Strongly Condemns New House Bill that Would Have Devastating Consequences for Refugees, Children, Vulnerable Migrants

May 19, 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) opposes H.R. 2431, introduced this week by Congressman Raul Labrador (R-ID) and House Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-VA), which will continue to be marked up next week. If passed, H.R. 2431 will greatly increase […]

STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service announces new fundraising campaign, #WelcomeOurNeighbors, to support the urgent needs of refugee families in U.S.

April 12, 2017 Press Contacts: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 Michelle Blundell mblundell@mrss.com; 202-478-6176 BALTIMORE, MD – Today, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is announcing a new fundraising campaign, #WelcomeOurNeighbors, with the goal of raising $5 million to support the urgent needs of refugee families—mostly women and children—resettling in the United States. With fear-mongering toward immigrants continuing […]

STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Applauds Decision by Hawaii Federal Judge to Halt Revised Travel Ban

March 15, 2017   (Updated March 30, 2017) Update: On March 29, a federal court in Hawaii indefinitely blocked the implementation of President Trump’s revised executive order on entry into the U.S. The order would have suspended the refugee resettlement program for 120 days. Update: After the decision was reached in Hawaii, District Court Judge […]

STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Opposes New Executive Action Targeting Refugee Resettlement

March 6, 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) adamantly opposes the Trump Administration’s new executive order that temporarily suspends the refugee resettlement program for four months and continues the travel ban previously imposed on individuals from Syria, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya […]

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 […]