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Promoting just, humane immigration policy
Raise your voice alongside refugees and immigrants
LIRS stands with and advocates for immigrants and refugees, and seeks a just, fair, and generous culture of welcome. LIRS advocates for protection for all groups, especially immigrants, including Black and Brown populations, women and girls, and LGBTQ+ persons.
Our advocacy is rooted in our faith, inspired by those we serve, informed by our team of experts, and guided by our vision that all immigrants and refugees should be protected, embraced, and empowered in a world of just and welcoming communities.
With your support, we are transforming communities through ministries of service and justice.
Each year, LIRS sets forth Advocacy Priorities that serve as a roadmap for our work with the administration, legislative offices, faith partners, network affiliates, coalitions, and immigrant leaders.
In 2023, the LIRS advocacy team has ten priorities and recommendations on how to protect immigrants and refugees and truly welcome the stranger with thoughtfulness and care.
We implore the Administration and the 118th Congress to revitalize the notion that the U.S. is a country of immigrants, reaffirm that immigrants, refugees, and those seeking asylum are welcome, and remind the world that the United States is a beacon of hope, prosperity, and justice.
2023 Policy Priorities
Build the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program’s (USRAP) capacity.
Provide Protection Pathways
Provide protection pathways for persons displaced by climate disasters.
Safeguard Access to Asylum
Safeguard access to asylum and expand community-based programming.
End Private Profiteering
End private profiteering of immigration detention and surveillance of immigrants.
Ensure Safety of Afghans
Ensure the safety & stability of newly arrived Afghans and enhance protections for Afghans who remain at risk abroad.
Protect and Reunify Families
Secure the protection and welfare of unaccompanied children and increase efforts to reunify and strengthen immigrant families.
Strengthen Economic Integration
Strengthen the economic integration of immigrants and refugees.
Fortify Access to Citizenship
Fortify and broaden pathways of protection and access to citizenship for immigrants and refugees.
Provide Mental Healthcare
Build capacity to provide mental health services for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers.
Bridge the Policy Gap
Support state and local engagement and bridge the gap between state- and federal-level policy.
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LIRS Refugee Admissions Hub
LIRS is committed to welcoming refugees into communities across the United States. Follow along with our 125 Watch campaign and learn more about refugee admissions in the U.S.Learn More
Explore the Climate Displacement Hub
For 80 years, LIRS has assisted forcibly uprooted people from around the globe. But increasingly, we are seeing an unprotected group seeking refuge: persons who are displaced, in whole or in part, due to climate disasters. See our latest research and take action.Learn More
Working to Protect our Afghan Neighbors
The evacuation was just the beginning. We must continue to advocate for our Afghan neighbors in the U.S. and abroad.Learn More