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Calling All Refugee Advocates! Join Us For A National Week of Action

Join Us For A National Week Of Action Coming Up! January 27 - February 3, 2018 As a co-founding member of the We Are All America coalition , LIRS invites you to join us for an important week of action – Jan. 27 through Feb. 3. January 27 marks the one-year anniversary of President Trump's original travel ban. We are seizing this opportunity to stand up as Americans and challenge the Administration to uphold this country's rich legacy of liberty, diversity, and... Read More
Posted by Danielle Bernard at Thursday, January 25, 2018
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Our Morals Will Not Be Compromised: Child Protections on the Table in Immigration Debate

Our Morals Will Not Be Compromised Child Protections on the Table in Immigration Debate With the shutdown behind us, Congress is now actively working on an immigration deal, and LIRS is watching carefully as talks turn to the rollback of vital protections for children seeking asylum in the United States. We are hopeful that members from both sides of the aisle will find a way to work together. However, LIRS is unwilling to stand by as the future of vulnerable children is leveraged or... Read More
Posted by Danielle Bernard at Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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What Can Be Done About Temporary Protective Status?

First it was Sudan, then Nicaragua, and now Haiti. One by one, struggling countries are losing the promise of Temporary Protective Status (TPS), a form of immigration relief granted to citizens from countries that have become unsafe due to war, famine, natural disaster, or disease. While the White House has consistently opted against the renewal of TPS in the cases that have come before the Administration this year, Congress can fight back by passing legislation that offers... Read More
Posted by Naman Nepal at Monday, November 27, 2017
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Historic Election Wins for LIRS Board Member, Wilmot Collins, and Kathy Tran

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 has remained a strong and dynamic advocate of new Americans since his arrival. In 2013, he participated in our first annual Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy , and then returned as a lead trainer... Read More
Posted by Naman Nepal at Thursday, November 9, 2017
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Profile in Courage

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 long and perilous journey to a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On the journey, Claudette saw how parents fought for their children: “Papers, jewelry, furniture or televisions... Read More
Posted by Naman Nepal at Friday, October 20, 2017
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What Being Undocumented Taught Me About Citizenship

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 story– from living as an undocumented migrant to being formally recognized as an American citizen. Alaide writes: Recently, I took my Oath of Citizenship to the United States.  The... Read More
Posted by Naman Nepal at Monday, September 11, 2017
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One Young Supporter Celebrates Her Birthday at LIRS

In a year that has been challenging for refugee resettlement, hope sometimes pops up when you least expect it. As LIRS works tirelessly to elevate a narrative of welcome in a divided America, we have been inspired by the outpouring of support from individual donors, advocates, and volunteers – people just like you – who have been moved to stand with us. LIRS’s diverse network of supporters serves as an everyday reminder that compassion is a powerful force, uniting Americans across... Read More
Posted by Naman Nepal at Monday, August 14, 2017
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Faith, Welcome, and the New Sanctuary Movement

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. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Pastor Marsh Drege (center) with two asylees who currently stay at Seafarers International House. [/caption] Seafarers International House (SIH) has stood with vulnerable immigrants and seafarers–new arrivals to this country–for 145 years. ... Read More
Posted by Naman Nepal at Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Refugee Sunday: How will you celebrate?

The filled and collected backpacks ready to be blessed and given to families released from detention centers. Credit: Ronald Richter For several years, we at LIRS have encouraged supporters to choose a Sunday to focus on refugees. Many churches and groups have faithfully participated and have used their Refugee Sunday service to learn about the global refugee situation, pray for people forced to flee from home, and celebrate refugee neighbors. Today, we... Read More
at Thursday, May 11, 2017
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Be Not Afraid: Immigration Resources for Congregations

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. Immigrant families are fractured by a broken system that often denies due process, separates parents and children, and creates a culture of fear that interrupts daily life. LIRS has recently... Read More
Posted by Naman Nepal at Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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