HEADLINES: Border Crisis — September 18, 2014

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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 the most important and up-to-date news on the immigration debate. Family Divided by Immigration Detention to be Reunited [San Antonio Express News] To Help Unaccompanied Minors, New York City Posts Representatives at Immigration Court [New York Times] California Repeals Unconstitutional Parts of Immigration Law [Governing] Expanding Immigration Promotes Economic Growth [The Justice] They Crossed the Border as Unaccompanied Minors to Reunite With Their Mom [National Journal] As Unaccompanied Children Cross Border, One Group … [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...]

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Obama, Deportation, and Extremism — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

As extremist rhetoric increases behind the effort to deport the undocumented, I’d like to highlight a piece from Sojourners where Felipe Diosdado reveals how much of an impact his deportation will have on his family. Thousands of lives just like … [Read More...]

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Lutheran Delegation Visits El Salvador and Learns of the Violence, and Love, Driving the Border Crisis

I’ve noticed, especially as of late, how countless individuals have gone above and beyond to reach out to those affected by the border crisis. Recently, a delegation from the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in … [Read More...]

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HEADLINES: Border Crisis — September 10, 2014

Elected officials have returned to Washington, D.C. after a recess full of criticism for failing to address the border crisis before their vacation. Activists, religious leaders, and business leaders are all calling for compassionate action. Visit … [Read More...]

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President Obama Delays Anticipated Executive Action on Immigration — National Action Alert

On Saturday, President Obama announced his plans to delay executive action on immigration, postponing the opportunity to alleviate suffering caused by our immigration system until after the November midterm elections. In an interview on Sunday’s … [Read More...]

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NEW BORDER CRISIS MYTHBUSTER! These 5 Facts Will Help Guide Your Conversation on the Crisis

Today, I'm thrilled to unveil the new Border Crisis Mythbuster.  The national discourse on immigration is complicated by a constant stream of misinformation that derails dialogue. I am sure you have experienced it: hearing some unfounded talking … [Read More...]

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Elections, Executive Action, and Obama — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

President Obama is facing pressure from all sides to take action on immigration reform after Congress failed to move forward on the issue before the August recess. In this week's edition of top picks, I’d like to highlight a piece from America’s … [Read More...]

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World Refugee Day Academy Participant Kuoth Wiel Discusses Starring in ‘The Good Lie’ with Reese Witherspoon

Today, I’m thrilled to share an interview with Kuoth Wiel, a former refugee who recently acted next to Reese Witherspoon in the upcoming movie, The Good Lie. When she was eight, Kuoth escaped the Sudanese civil war and landed in Minnesota with the … [Read More...]

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Debate on Migrant Children and Families is Not Over as Congress Comes Back to D.C.— National Action Alert

On September 8th, Congress will come back to Washington, D.C. after spending a month in their hometowns during the August recess. You may recall how Congress failed to pass additional funding to protect and serve children, refugees, families, and … [Read More...]