History Repeats Itself at Family Detention Center on Border — Guest Post by Nora Skelly, LIRS Assistant Director for Advocacy


While the Obama Administration detains families, LIRS is taking action to protect them, many of whom qualify as asylees under U.S. law.  Nora Skelly, LIRS Assistant Director for Advocacy, recently visited a family facility near the border. In this guest post, she shares disturbing realities of the facility but also how people of faith in the local community have stood up to injustice and welcomed these vulnerable families. Skelly writes: When I began working at LIRS six years ago, I was pleased to learn that LIRS’s 2007 report Locking Up Family Values, co-authored with the Women’s Refugee Commission, helped dramatically reduce the detention of immigrant families. We were deeply troubled by the announcement last month that the Department of Homeland Security would again expand this … [Read More...]


Vulnerable Families Are Being Imprisoned. You Can Prevent It With Houses of Welcome — State Action Alert

Mothers and children, who fled to the United States for safety, are now being imprisoned in detention centers. We are deeply concerned as the government expands the detention system for these vulnerable families. Fortunately, Immigration and … [Read More...]


‘It Was Either This or be Murdered,’ Bishop Michael Rinehart Shares From His Visit to a Children’s Shelter at the Border

Bishop Michael Rinehart of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recently visited a facility temporarily housing unaccompanied children on the border. He gives us a glimpse inside the facility, hard facts … [Read More...]


We Need Your Voice Today! Urge Congress to Protect Unaccompanied Children and Refugees — National Action Alert

The Obama Administration recently requested that Congress enact a $3.7 billion Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill, which includes $1.83 billion for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR); $1.1 billion for Immigration and Customs … [Read More...]


5 Ways to Support Children and Families in the Border Crisis — State Action Alert

As the border crisis continues to escalate, we have received messages from individuals asking “What can I do?” We are deeply grateful for this outpouring of compassion. Here are 5 ways individuals, congregations, and communities can support those … [Read More...]


Immigration Courts, Aspiring Americans, and the Detention Quota— Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

The immigration system in this nation has been neglected for far too long. Now the broken system is being pushed to its limits as it struggles to meet the challenges from the current humanitarian crisis. In this week’s edition of the Top Picks, I’d … [Read More...]


HEADLINES: Immigration — July 17, 2014

Elected officials are at odds for a solution for the humanitarian crisis that is now dominating U.S. media and politics. Activists, religious leaders, and business leaders are all calling for compassionate action. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: … [Read More...]


California, Unaccompanied Minors, & Detention — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

The humanitarian crisis that began on the U.S. southern border is beginning to effect other parts of the nation. In this week’s edition of the Top Picks, I’d like to highlight a post by Aura Bogado of Colorlines who offers a positive story from the … [Read More...]

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‘The U.S. Should Remain a Refuge’ — LIRS President and CEO Linda Hartke Writes to the Washington Post

The Washington Post recently published my letter to the editor. On July 2, I expressed the dire need to offer children fleeing violence in Central America a place of safety in the United States. Please take a moment to read my letter: People of … [Read More...]

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Folabi Speaks: Sharing about LIRS in Salisbury, North Carolina

Folabi Olagbaju is the LIRS National Grassroots Director. One important part of his work involves visiting Lutheran churches, synods, and districts across the country to share the work of LIRS and invite congregants to get involved with grassroots … [Read More...]


HEADLINES: Immigration — July 10, 2014

The crisis along the southern border continues to challenge elected officials. The need for medical care and safe housing is growing and receiving mixed reactions. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: Immigration. I’ll bring you all the most important and … [Read More...]