Family Detention, Deportation, and Economics — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

Christmas Tree Capitol

This holiday season, many are celebrating the opportunities the President’s executive actions affords them, or those they hold dear. At the same time, some detention facilities will be full of women and children, and families will still be torn apart … Read Post

Attorney Shares Her Side of the Story After Winning Asylum for a Woman Who Fled Domestic Abuse


I’m honored to share a guest blog post by attorney Lisa Laurel Weinberg, who won an asylum case for a detained mother and her two children. The family had fled life-threatening abuse in Honduras, only to be detained at the Artesia Detention Facility, … Read Post

Breakdown of How Congress’s 2015 Funding Affects Migrants and Refugees


On Saturday, Congress worked down to the wire to pass legislation funding the government through Fiscal Year 2015, which ends September 30, 2015. The 1,013 page bill that passed both chambers of Congress authorizes $1.1 trillion in spending for … Read Post

We Need Your Help! Give a Gift to One of the 300 Children in Karnes Detention Center this Christmas


As many of you know, LIRS recently held a Hope for the Holidays card writing campaign to give hope to families isolated in detention over the holidays. We asked supporters to write 1,700 cards, so that every migrant mother and child in family … Read Post

First Steps Shows Us How to be More Supportive to New Americans — Guest Post by Bishop Michael Rinehart


Today, I'm pleased to share a guest post by LIRS board member Bishop Michael Rinehart of the Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Bishop Rinehart writes on First Steps and how members of his synod will use it in their … Read Post

A Story of ‘Exodus’ from a Child Holocaust Survivor – Through Courageous Eyes


This installment of Through Courageous Eyes departs from the visual arts for a poem by Lotte Kramer, a child Holocaust survivor. This blog is curated by Cecilia Pessoa, LIRS Communications Associate. Lotte was saved from likely death under the … Read Post

New LIRS Board Member, Wilmot Collins, Discusses Tackling Ebola from Montana to Liberia


Today, I am delighted to share an interview with Wilmot Collins, a former refugee from Liberia and dynamic advocate of new Americans. In this interview, Wilmot, a newly elected LIRS board member, tells how the Ebola epidemic in Liberia suddenly … Read Post