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 […]

September 21, 2016 – Statement for the Record on “Oversight of the Administration’s FY 2017 Refugee Resettlement Program”

Statement for the Record on “Oversight of the Administration’s FY 2017 Refugee Resettlement Program” Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest September 21, 2016  by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) appreciates the opportunity to submit its views regarding the Administration’s FY 2017 refugee resettlement program. This […]

STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service commends plan to raise the number of refugees admitted to the U.S., calls on other countries to follow suit

September 16, 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) is grateful that the Obama Administration has committed to increase the number of refugees the United States will accept to at least 110,000 in Fiscal Year 2017. This decision will both save lives and strengthen […]

August 2, 2016 – Civil Society Statement to Member States on the High Level Meeting to Address Large Scale of Movements of Migrants and Refugees

Press Contacts: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2811  Michelle Blundell mblundell@mrss.com; 202-478-6176 With more refugees and displaced persons than at any time since the Second World War, the international community and its member states have failed refugees. States, working closely with civil society, must do more to share responsibility with countries of first asylum for refugees, most […]

July 27, 2016 STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is Heartened by Increased Protection for Central American Refugees

Press Contacts: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2811  Michelle Blundell mblundell@mrss.com; 202-478-6176   WASHINGTON, DC – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is encouraged by this week’s announcement by the Obama Administration that it will expand the Central American Minors (CAM) program and create an in-country refugee referral program. These advancements will allow more Central American refugees to […]