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 – 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 […]

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service CEO to be honored by Wartburg Seminary

For Immediate Release: May 9, 2017 MEDIA CONTACTS: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 Michelle Blundell mblundell@mrss.com; 202-478-6176 BALTIMORE, MD – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service President and CEO Linda Hartke will receive the Living Loehe Award from Wartburg Theological Seminary (WTS) at commencement exercises on Sunday, May 14th in Dubuque, Iowa. The Living Loehe Award was […]

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service to Host 5th Annual Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy

For Immediate Release March 15, 2017 Press Contact: Miji Bell mbell@lirs.org; 410-230-2841 Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is pleased to announce the 2017 Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy, a three-day event for migrants and former refugees focused on building advocacy, community organizing, and leadership skills. The event will take place in Washington, DC on […]

CRS, Senator Cardin, And Other NGOs Speak Out On Refugee Ban

The full version of this press release was originally posted by Catholic Relief Services. Baltimore, MD, February 6, 2017 – Speaking at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) World Headquarters in Baltimore, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said that last week’s executive order banning refugees from seven predominately-Muslim countries, “is not in keeping with the traditions and values […]