STATEMENT — LIRS Disappointed July 19 Decision Will Needlessly Block Refugees

“While we are pleased the Supreme Court upheld the lower court's decision to broaden the definition of close family ties, including allowing grandparents and aunts and uncles, we are very disappointed that today’s decision will mean the Trump administration can continue to block already approved and vetted refugees from coming,” says Kay Bellor, LIRS Vice President for Programs.

STATEMENT — LIRS Statement Regarding the 50K Refugee Admissions Cap

“The pause on resettlement and restrictions on the number of persons who can enter our country as refugees will have an immediate effect on our ability to conduct the lifesaving work of providing safety and protection,” says Kay Bellor, LIRS Vice President for Programs.

STATEMENT — LIRS Statement Regarding Supreme Court Decision on Travel Ban

"Today’s decision is not a final one, nor should it be seen as a victory for anyone,” says Linda Hartke, LIRS president and CEO. “Limiting the U.S.’ ability to protect the most vulnerable is not a victory, nor was this ruling essential to ensuring a thorough review of the refugee vetting processes."

Faith, Welcome, and the New Sanctuary Movement  Published in REDEFINING WELCOMESeafarersFamilysmall

We’re glad to welcome Pastor Marsh Drege to the Redefining Welcome blog this week as a guest writer. Pastor Drege is the Executive Director of Seafarers International House in New York City. Pastor Marsh Drege (center) with two asylees who... more

Refugee Sunday: How will you celebrate?  Published in REDEFINING WELCOMERefugee Sunday

For several years, we at LIRS have encouraged supporters to choose a Sunday to focus on refugees. Many... more

Be Not Afraid: Immigration Resources for Congregations  Published in REDEFINING WELCOMERightsCards

With many recent changes to immigration policies, many congregations and other community groups are asking about how to get involved in supporting their immigrant parishioners and neighbors. In a number of communities across the country, immigrants are being deported or fear being detained.... more