United States Detains Mothers and Children at Alarming Rates — National Action Alert


The world watches as the United States detains mothers and children at alarming rates. This week, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an international body that monitors human rights in the Americas, will be holding a series of … Read Post

LIRS Staff Member Observes Hearings for Unaccompanied Children, What She Saw Was Heartbreaking


Today, I’d like to share a guest post from Jessica Jones, LIRS Children and Youth Policy Advocate. Jessica recently sat in on the hearings of several unaccompanied children. When she arrived at the courtroom, she didn’t expect to be a lifeline to … Read Post

From Fleeing the Death Squad in El Salvador to Lutheran Pastor — Pastor Pedro Portillo Shares His Story


Today, I’m delighted to share the courageous story of Pastor Pedro Portillo. In the 1980’s, Pastor Portillo fled persecution by a paramilitary group called Death Squad in El Salvador. Now a Lutheran pastor at Iglesia Luterana La Transfiguracion (The … Read Post

Haitian Family Reunification Victory! Obama Administration Announces Program to Expedite Family Reunification


Last Friday, I was greatly heartened to see the Obama Administration announce that they will begin to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitians. Called the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) program, the program will … Read Post

Elections, Voters, and Ads — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere


From Colorado to Kentucky, immigration continues to take center stage as mid-term campaigns enter their final weeks. However, it is time for the rhetoric to stop and for action to start in order to prevent repeating the story that Aura Bogado brings … Read Post

Massive New Family Detention Facility to Open in Texas — National Action Alert


The federal immigration enforcement authorities recently announced they will open a massive family detention facility in Dilley, Texas. The Dilley facility will detain 2,400 mothers and children once it is fully operational and will be the largest … Read Post