STATEMENT – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) Condemns Administration’s Decision to End Life-Saving Central American Minors (CAM) Program, Placing Children from the Northern Triangle in Critical Danger

For Immediate Release: November 9, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Bernard dbernard@lirs.org; 410-230-2888 Perry Sacks psacks@mrss.com; 908-917-7097 WASHINGTON, DC – Last night, the U.S. State Department announced that it is ending the Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program as of tonight, November 9, 2017. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in […]

STATEMENT – Termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Program for Nicaraguans

For Immediate Release: November 7, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Bernard dbernard@lirs.org; 410-230-2888 WASHINGTON, DC – Linda Hartke, president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in the U.S., released the following statement today following the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for citizens […]

STATEMENT – Trump Administration’s Restrictions on Refugee Resettlement Leave Vulnerable Refugees at Risk

For Immediate Release: October 25, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Bernard dbernard@lirs.org; 410-230-2888 WASHINGTON, DC – As an organization that has dedicated itself to welcoming the stranger for over 75 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is deeply saddened by the Trump Administration’s decision to place additional restrictions on refugees who are seeking to be resettled […]

STATEMENT – LIRS Condemns Trump Administration’s Immigration Principles

For Immediate Release: October 9, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Bernard dbernard@lirs.org; 410-230-2888 WASHINGTON, DC – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) condemns the Trump Administration’s attempt to use DREAMers as leverage to call for a border wall, strip trafficking protections from unaccompanied children, legalize indefinite detention of immigrants, separate families, and crack down on sanctuary cities, in […]

Statement for the Record on The Rohingya Crisis: U.S. Response to the Tragedy in Burma House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee

October 5, 2017 By: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Contact: Javier Cuebas jcuebas@lirs.org  Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is deeply concerned about the continued mass displacement of Rohingya communities fleeing ethnic and religious persecution in Myanmar. As recent news reports have shown, the crisis has fueled internal displacement within Myanmar and forced increased migration […]

STATEMENT – LIRS Responds to Historic Low Refugee Admissions Ceiling

For Immediate Release: September 27, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Bernard dbernard@lirs.org; 410-230-2888 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, it was reported that the Trump Administration intends to set the annual admissions ceiling for refugees at 45,000 for the coming fiscal year – the lowest goal since the start of the modern U.S. refugee admissions program in 1980. Lutheran […]

STATEMENT – LIRS Response to Reports of Trump Administration Reducing Refugee Arrivals to Less than 50,000 for Next Fiscal Year

For Immediate Release: September 13, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 WASHINGTON, DC – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is deeply disappointed in reports that the Trump Administration is considering capping the number of refugee arrivals at fewer than 50,000 for fiscal year 2018—the lowest cap in more than three decades. The decision to […]

STATEMENT – Cleary Gottlieb Files U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief on behalf of LIRS Supporting Continued Admission of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors

For Immediate Release: September 13, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 Shannon Lynch slynch@cgsh.com; 212-225-3473 WASHINGTON, DC – Cleary Gottlieb today filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the Trump Administration’s emergency motion to refuse admission of refugees, including unaccompanied refugee minors (URMs), who have received assurances of resettlement from a […]

STATEMENT – LIRS Applauds Ninth Circuit Decision to Continue to Welcome Refugees

For Immediate Release: September 7, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 WASHINGTON, DC – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) applauds today’s decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to allow refugees who have a commitment to be received by a U.S. resettlement agency and family members, such as grandparents, to be exempt […]

STATEMENT – LIRS Denounces Trump Administration’s Decision to End DACA Program

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2017 MEDIA CONTACTS: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 WASHINGTON, DC – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is deeply disappointed that today, the Trump Administration announced plans to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that gave a deportation reprieve to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. “We are deeply […]