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 […]

LIRS Signs on to Letter Urging House Judiciary Committee to Oppose H.R. 391

July 26, 2017 Dear Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers and members of the committee: The Proposals in H.R. 391 Would Send Legitimate Refugees and Children Back to Danger  The undersigned organizations, concerned with the assistance and protection of refugees and children, strongly oppose the “Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act” (H.R. 391). The provisions included […]

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

The Honorable Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20520 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 […]

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 […]