President Obama’s Executive Action Puts Families First


As you know, President Obama just released his highly-anticipated Executive Actions on immigration, which will provide much-needed, temporary relief for millions of families currently suffering under our broken immigration system. These significant … Read Post

An Aspiring Architect Paints from Baghdad to Philly – Through Courageous Eyes


Today’s guest post is by Mayyadah Alhumssi, an Iraqi painter now of Philadelphia, whose work includes scenes from both Baghdad and Philly. Mayyadah works with the Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative, which is a program of Lutheran … Read Post

Obama, Executive Action, and Reform — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

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Last night, President Obama paved the way for millions of people to “come out of the shadows and get right with the law,” with his executive action. President Obama protected millions of families from being torn apart, and refocused America’s … Read Post

President Obama to Announce Executive Action Tonight

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At 8pm EST tonight, President Obama will unveil his highly-anticipated executive action on immigration. The potential administrative reforms would include temporary protections to stabilize the lives of millions of deserving people living in the … Read Post

‘Creating Culturally Diverse, Yet Integrated Community’– A Former Refugee From Ethiopia Shares his Vision


Today, I'm delighted to share a guest blog post from Fesseha Bekele, an LIRS World Refugee Day Academy participant and bold advocate for Ethiopian and Eritrean communities. In this post, he shares how his experience during the World Refugee Day … Read Post

This National Adoption Month, Participate in the Bethany Forever Family Campaign to Raise Awareness for Foster Care


In recognition of National Adoption Month this November, I'd like to call attention to the nearly 70,000 children who crossed into the United States alone this year, seeking safety. At LIRS, we believe that the best way to ensure unaccompanied … Read Post

‘Permanent and Beautiful’ A Young Artist Finds His Voice in Art — Through Courageous Eyes


Today we have a guest post featuring the story and photography of Beto Soto, one of the youth involved with The AjA Project of San Diego. The AjA Project uses a model of participatory photography to give youth a voice in their communities and … Read Post

Sanctuary, Obama, and Politics — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere


People of faith across the nation are continuing to live out the call to welcome the stranger through supporting their neighbors most in need. They set a perfect example for Congressional representatives and the White House to follow in their search … Read Post