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

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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 to us this week in ColorLines. In his New Hampshire senatorial campaign Scott Brown Goes For The “Fox News Trifecta,” combining public fear of Ebola, ISIS, and immigration in an attempt to stir up votes, writes Van Le from America’s Voice. Nearly Half of Millennial Voters Say Dems Better Represent Their Views on Immigration, reports America’s Voice's Van Le. Let's Show Compassion for Young Immigrants, writes Nancy Langer, LIRS Interim Vice President for Mission Advancement, in the Baltimore Sun. Hours after the Associated Press … [Read More...]

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HEADLINES: Border Crisis — October 15, 2014

Immigration remains a hot topic along the campaign trail as congressional representatives enter the last few weeks of their mid-term campaigns. While politicians argue, migrants and refugees are forced to risk their lives in pursuit of a better life … [Read More...]

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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 More...]

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Prayer Vigil to End Family Detention on Oct. 20th — Make an Impact in the Lives of Detained Mothers and Children

It deeply saddens me to write that the inhumane and archaic practice of family detention is growing in our country. As LIRS and other organizations have documented again and again, detention is no place for children. There is no humane method to … [Read More...]

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Sanctuary, Welcome, and Licenses — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

Despite inaction by the President and congressional representatives, people of faith across the country continue to support migrants and refugees. This week I’d like to highlight two pieces from Sojourners that set two examples of how the faith … [Read More...]

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HEADLINES: Border Crisis — October 8, 2014

This week the Obama administration introduced a plan that would allow migrant children to apply for refugee or asylum status in their home country, saving them from making the treacherous journey alone north. Hopefully under this plan, stories about … [Read More...]

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Two Successes for the Protection of Children and Families!

Thus far, Congress and the Administration have not set a good track record in their response to the increased needs of children and families seeking safety in the United States. However, this week, in the wake of attempts to rollback legal … [Read More...]

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Learn How to Foster Refugee Community Engagement in Upcoming Webinar

Like many of you, I engage in my community on such a daily basis that I often take it for granted. I vote, attend local festivals, volunteer. But for many new Americans, it can be difficult to learn how to engage in their new community. Here at … [Read More...]

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‘Just About Every Youth is at Risk Here’ — Rev. Phil Anderson Shares Firsthand Perspectives of Central America

Here at LIRS, we have firsthand knowledge of the daily life which forces Central Americans to flee their homes. Rev. Phil Anderson lives in El Salvador and assists LIRS to deepen connections with Lutheran partners in Central America. He recently … [Read More...]

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HEADLINES: Border Crisis — October 1, 2014

Quietly, while anti-immigrant rhetoric takes center stage in congressional mid-term elections, another wave of the sanctuary movement, which rose in the 1980’s, is making its way across America. Faith communities across the country have begun to … [Read More...]

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Caught Between Violence at Home and Rejection Abroad — State Action Alert

Today, I’d like to share a guest blog post from Rev. Ellen C. Jennrich, Chair of Global Partners Team of the Southwest California Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Rev. Jennrich was part of the Synod’s Welcoming Congregation’s … [Read More...]