Termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Program for Nicaraguans

“The Department of Homeland Security’s termination of the TPS program for Nicaraguans is one more stain on America’s history of humanitarian leadership. This decision overlooked simple truths. Among them, TPS recipients and their families have long integrated into American society.”

Restrictions on Refugee Resettlement Leave Vulnerable Refugees at Risk

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 in the United States.

LIRS Responds to Historic Low Refugee Admissions Ceiling

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 Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is profoundly disappointed that at a time of historic, never before seen need, the United States would so drastically reduce the number of refugees to whom we are able to offer protection and safety.

LIRS Response to Reports of Trump Administration Reducing Refugee Arrivals

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.

Amicus Brief Filed for LIRS on behalf of Unaccompanied Minors

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 U.S. resettlement agency, while the Supreme Court considers constitutional and statutory challenges to Executive Order 13780 (EO-2).

Historic Election Wins for LIRS Board Member, Wilmot Collins, and Kathy Tran  Published 11/9/2017 in REDEFINING WELCOME

On Tuesday, Wilmot Collins, a member of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) Board of Directors, won a historical mayoral race unseating a four-term incumbent to become the first black mayor in Montana’s history. Collins entered the United States as a refugee 23 years ago and... more

Profile in Courage  Published 10/20/2017 in REDEFINING WELCOMEClaudette_photo_color_Hair

In April 1994, when Claudette Nshimiyimana and her twin sister were only seven, genocidal violence broke out in Rwanda. After a grenade hit their home, the family scattered. Claudette’s mother was able to gather all her children back together, except one. Their family of seven started a... more

What Being Undocumented Taught Me About Citizenship  Published 9/11/2017 in REDEFINING WELCOMEAlaide_Vilchis_Ibarra_blog

In honor of the courageous journey of millions of DACA recipients, I’d like to share a guest post by Alaide Vilchis Ibarra, Program Director, Migration Policy for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This originally published in 2014 but its message is timely now. Alaide shares her... more