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

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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 mission to El Salvador this past summer. She shared the story of Manuel* with the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D. CA) during their recent congressional visit. Today, she shares that same story, which exemplifies the unabating routine violence in Central America. Rev. Jennrich writes: I first met Manuel in 2009 when he was 16 years old. He and his 15 year old brother worked at the guest house where we stayed on a mission trip in San Salvador. His father, Paolo, was the driver of our van. It was a joy to see them all when I returned the … [Read More...]

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Border Patrol, Economics, and Contributions — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

This nation was built by immigrants, and while many look for ways to prevent immigrants from coming, I’d like to highlight a piece from Immigration Impact that reveals how much of an impact new Americans would have on the economy. From … [Read More...]

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‘I Am One of the Lucky Ones,’ Honduran-born Attorney Shares Experiences of Unaccompanied Migrant Children

Today, I’d like to highlight a blog series by Honduran-born U.S. immigration attorney Killa M., who shares her perspective in a four-part blog series, “A Call to Mercy.” Killa’s story encompasses her personal history with the violence in her … [Read More...]

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Advocate so that All Migrants Are Protected in Fiscal Year 2015 — National Action Alert

Members of Congress returned to their home districts this week after passing a temporary bill that only funds the government until December 11th. As LIRS continues to advocate for adequate funding for migrant and refugee programs for the next fiscal … [Read More...]

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HEADLINES: Border Crisis — September 24, 2014

As representatives gear up for their midterm elections, immigration reform continues to take center stage during political debates. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: Border Crisis. I’ll bring you all the most important and up-to-date news on the … [Read More...]

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‘Mama, Why Are We Prisoners?’ — Reflections from the Karnes Family Detention Facility

Family detention centers have been opening up in response to the border crisis. These facilities hold mothers and young children who have just finished the traumatic journey from their home country to the United States. Nearly all of them seek … [Read More...]

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Be Prepared to Cry—These Videos Capture the Real Relationship Between Foster Children and Foster Parents

“I was afraid to be myself, but I was never afraid to dream…The Burmese government took away all of my dreams…no one should live like that. I thought my foster family wouldn’t like me, but you make me feel at home. I can never thank you enough … [Read More...]

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Integration, Recognition, and Voting — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

As America paused last week to remember the thirteenth anniversary of September 11th, Jong-Min You, a guest writer for Define American, shared his memories of that day thirteen years ago. Jong-Min You, like countless others, watched tragedy unfold on … [Read More...]

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HEADLINES: Border Crisis — September 18, 2014

While immigration advocates express frustration with President Obama’s delay on immigration reform, many are stepping up to address the needs of those most impacted by the border crisis. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: Border Crisis. I’ll bring you all … [Read More...]

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What Being Undocumented Taught Me About Citizenship

Today is Citizenship Day! In honor of the courageous journey millions of Americans take to become citizens, I'd like to share a guest post by LIRS Policy Advocate, Alaide Vilchis Ibarra. Alaide shares her story– from living as an undocumented … [Read More...]

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This Week is National Welcoming Week! Find an Event in Your Town

This week is National Welcoming Week! It’s easy to get caught up in the despair of the evening news. Daily, we hear stories of vulnerable mothers and children deported back to violent communities, families forced to live in the shadows, and lack … [Read More...]