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 a place of safety and refuge for persons seeking protection, and LIRS and its partners have worked for more than 75 years to create communities of welcome. At a time when the world is facing the largest global refugee crisis since World War II, it is our hope that the Trump Administration will demonstrate a continued commitment to upholding American values by recognizing that the protection and resettlement of refugees is an urgent and critical component of the worldwide efforts to tackle this crisis.

During this time of transition, LIRS will continue to work closely with its partners across the country to affirm our commitment to supporting their work in local communities, and with lawmakers to help prioritize and sustain policies that support refugees and migrants.

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Founded in 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is the second largest refugee resettlement agency in the United States. It is nationally recognized for its leadership advocating with refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, families fractured by migration and other vulnerable populations. Through more than 75 years of service and advocacy, LIRS has helped over 500,000 migrants and refugees rebuild their lives in America.