More Good News on Ending Family Detention


We promised to keep you updated on the issue of family detention as the situation evolves and today we have exciting news to share!  As we reported last week, on July 10th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) took a significant step in the … Read Post

At the Crossroads for Unaccompanied Migrant Children: LIRS releases unified vision for the protection of vulnerable migrant children in the United States


Since 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has worked tirelessly to welcome newcomers on behalf of Lutheran churches in the United States. In the wake of increased violence in Central America that forced more than 51,000 children to seek … Read Post

‘My First Citizenship’ A Refugee’s Journey from Statelessness to Advocating on Capitol Hill

Bhutanese refugee who became a US citizen.

This week, I want to share this profile of a new American, Uma Mishra, who can proudly celebrate her ability to contribute to society through the right to vote and actively participate in the larger community. To Uma, the importance of becoming a … Read Post

A Victory in the Fight Against Family Detention


Over the last year you have raised your voice to advocate for the end of family detention many times and today we see the effects of your efforts. One year since the Administration began dramatically increasing the placement of mothers and children … Read Post

After 36 Years Without Legal Status, a New American Shares His Story

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Every 4th of July, we are reminded that we are a nation of immigrants bound by fidelity to a set of ideals – democracy, freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So we are delighted that Tika Ram Dhungana, a former refugee from Bhutan is willing … Read Post

‘Shafiq has the tools to change jobs or career paths': LIRS Releases Careers and Connections Guide for Employment Mentoring


Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has walked alongside migrants and refugees as they have built new lives in America since 1939. Through our work, LIRS and Lutherans across the country have learned to respond to specific, targeted needs and … Read Post

Much of the Same: Conditions in Border Facilities Are Still Hurting Kids

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Today, I share a post from Jessica Jones, LIRS Policy Counsel, on her recent visit to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention facilities in the Rio Grande Valley. These facilities were at the epicenter of last summer’s Central American refugee … Read Post