We Need Your Voice Today! Urge Congress to Protect Unaccompanied Children and Refugees — National Action Alert

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The Obama Administration recently requested that Congress enact a $3.7 billion Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill, which includes $1.83 billion for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR); $1.1 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement; $433 million for Customs and Border Protection; $300 million for the State Department; and $64 million for the Department of Justice. ORR serves many vulnerable new Americans, including refugees and asylees. ORR is also responsible for providing care to the growing number of unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America and seeking safety in the United States. As the number of children arriving has exceeded projections, ORR has addressed its budget shortfall by reprogramming $94 million from refugee services to serve these … [Read More...]

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5 Ways to Support Children and Families in the Border Crisis — State Action Alert

As the border crisis continues to escalate, we have received messages from individuals asking “What can I do?” We are deeply grateful for this outpouring of compassion. Here are 5 ways individuals, congregations, and communities can support those … [Read More...]

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Immigration Courts, Aspiring Americans, and the Detention Quota— Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

The immigration system in this nation has been neglected for far too long. Now the broken system is being pushed to its limits as it struggles to meet the challenges from the current humanitarian crisis. In this week’s edition of the Top Picks, I’d … [Read More...]

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HEADLINES: Immigration — July 17, 2014

Elected officials are at odds for a solution for the humanitarian crisis that is now dominating U.S. media and politics. Activists, religious leaders, and business leaders are all calling for compassionate action. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: … [Read More...]

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California, Unaccompanied Minors, & Detention — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

The humanitarian crisis that began on the U.S. southern border is beginning to effect other parts of the nation. In this week’s edition of the Top Picks, I’d like to highlight a post by Aura Bogado of Colorlines who offers a positive story from the … [Read More...]

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‘The U.S. Should Remain a Refuge’ — LIRS President and CEO Linda Hartke Writes to the Washington Post

The Washington Post recently published my letter to the editor. On July 2, I expressed the dire need to offer children fleeing violence in Central America a place of safety in the United States. Please take a moment to read my letter: People of … [Read More...]

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Folabi Speaks: Sharing about LIRS in Salisbury, North Carolina

Folabi Olagbaju is the LIRS National Grassroots Director. One important part of his work involves visiting Lutheran churches, synods, and districts across the country to share the work of LIRS and invite congregants to get involved with grassroots … [Read More...]

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HEADLINES: Immigration — July 10, 2014

The crisis along the southern border continues to challenge elected officials. The need for medical care and safe housing is growing and receiving mixed reactions. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: Immigration. I’ll bring you all the most important and … [Read More...]

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Obama Administration Threatens to Erode Protections for Children — National Action Alert

The U.S. government’s voice of welcome to vulnerable migrant children risks being rescinded. From 2002 up to 2011, the U.S. government has championed many much needed reforms to assist unaccompanied migrant children who have fled to the United … [Read More...]

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‘Home is Where You Find Peace, Love, and Freedom,’ Former Refugees Share What the United States Means to Them

Happy Fourth of July! I hope that all get a moment to enjoy today with family and friends. The United States stands as a symbol of freedom and justice. It has also become a place of safety, security, and opportunity for immigrants and refugees … [Read More...]

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Here to Tell Our Stories of Struggle: Two Old Friends Reunite at World Refugee Day Academy

New friendships were formed and old acquaintances renewed at our recent World Refugee Day Academy. One reunion was deeply moving; I'm delighted to share this special story with you. Academy participants came from all over the country to take part … [Read More...]