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Border Trip 2018

At the end of September, LIRS led a mission to Tucson, AZ to bear witness to the current experiences of immigrants in federal custody. Come along with us on a trip to the border by following this 5-part blog series.

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LIRS has welcomed more than 500,000 refugees and migrants

For almost 80 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has been a champion for refugees and migrants from around the globe.

Our legacy of compassionate service has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who have found safety and hope in America’s communities.

Our history reflects American Lutherans’ deep immigrant roots and passionate commitment to welcoming newcomers, especially those who are most in need. Through the Long Welcome, we help ensure that refugees and migrants are protected, embraced, and empowered in a world of just and welcoming communities.

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A trip to the border

Border Trip 2018: Breaking Down the Barriers

After our visit to Sycamore Canyon, our team returned to Tucson for visits with two immigrant advocacy groups. First, the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, which is “the only organization in Arizona that provides free legal and social services to detained men, women, and children under threat of deportation.” ..Read more

Border Trip 2018: Ancient Trees, Young Lives

Unaccompanied immigrant children apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immigration officials are transferred to the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). According to ORR, “The majority of unaccompanied alien children are cared for through a network of state-licensed ORR-funded care providers, most of which are located close to areas where immigration officials apprehend large numbers of aliens.” ..Read more

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