Leadership Toolkit #3 – August Issue

Leadership Toolkit, August 2012 edition
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DREAMers and Deferred Action

When the President Obama announced on June 15 that young people who had come to the US as minors, who have no criminal background, and who meet other criteria, may be eligible to remain in the United States without threat of deportation, LIRS cheered along with many of our partners.

However, the cheer came with a modicum of restraint because the future is still not clear for these young people, often referred to as DREAMers.

The Department of Homeland Security will begin granting deferred action to certain qualifying undocumented youth. Here is a link to the New York Times initial coverage of the announcement: Obama to Permit Young Migrants to Remain in U.S.

Of course this raises many questions, especially among those possibly eligible for deferred action and the lawyers who represent them. While this training is primarily directed to the lawyers that we work with, anyone is welcome to attend. Below you can find information regarding the webinar. Feel free to pass it along. Learn more about deferred action here.

ELCA Youth

ELCA YouthNew Orleans greeted thousands of ELCA youth in mid-July for the denomination’s national youth gathering.

LIRS was there to connect with youth and be inspired about the future of the church. We were not disappointed.

Check out the inspiring photos on our Facebook page and see how the future church is engaging with the weighty issues of immigration detention, comprehensive immigration reform, and issues of international violence and conflict that force millions to flee their homes every year.


Threats to Refugee Newcomers and How You Can Help

Threats to Refugee NewcomersThere is troubling news from Capitol Hill and we ask you to continue your engagement as an advocate.One of our asks at last month’s refugee lobby day was for robust funding for refugee resettlement. Unfortunately, a House Appropriations Subcommittee approved last week a significant cut from last year’s budget for the Office of Refugee Resettlement. You know too well how crucial services for basic needs, integration and self-sufficiency are to help refugees become successful in the United States. LIRS is working to raise awareness on the Hill about the value of this funding and we invite you to join us in this advocacy!

Your recent advocacy efforts put you in a strong position to remind members of Congress of our asks and this urgent opportunity for them to be refugee champions. We encourage you to do the following:

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions. Thank you for all you do to be a refugee advocate!

Want to learn more about immigration issues and refugee resettlement? Invite a speaker!

Threats to Refugee NewcomersThese days, it’s hard to absorb all the news about immigrants and refugees, much less separate fact from falsehood. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) deals with these issues daily, and we can offer you up-to-date, understandable summaries of the facts – and answer your questions – by speaking at your church, school, or event. We also lead Bible studies, workshop sessions, and webinars that help people engage in ministry with migrants and refugees.

To invite a LIRS speaker, please complete the following request form. Our staff will contact you to discuss the information you’ve sent and best options for meeting your needs. We cannot accommodate all requests, but are committed to working with you as best we can.