Religion, Parents, & Economics — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere


As the struggle for immigration reform continues, advocates are focusing on the moral impact of changing the currently broken system. In this week’s edition of the Friday Top Picks, I’d like to highlight a video post from Will Coley of Detention Watch Network which discusses the current hunger strike at the White House. Sojourner’s Jim Wallis describes immigration as, “Another Pro-Life Issue.” “Could Religion Be the Common Ground for Immigration Reform?” asks Anastasia Tonello of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Carla Murphy of Colorlines interviews an activist who is, “Risking Arrest for Her Mom.” “Undocumented Immigrants Contribute Billions in Taxes,” writes Amy Grenier of Immigration Impact. Will Coley of Detention Watch Network discusses the White House hunger … [Read More...]

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Washing Feet: Guest Post by Matt Herzberg

Today, I'm delighted to share a guest post by Matt Herzberg, LIRS Manager for Congregational Outreach. Many of us will gather in our congregations for worship tonight and participate in the practice of foot washing, mimicking the story of Jesus … [Read More...]


HEADLINES: Immigration — April 17, 2014

Support for immigration reform continues to increase as advocates use every effort to gain the attention of elected officials. Visit our blog every Thursday for HEADLINES: Immigration. I’ll bring you all the most important and up-to-date news on the … [Read More...]

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‘We are Living Out Our Mission in Welcome,’ Says Pastor Ben Krey

We were lucky enough to catch a conversation with Pastor Ben Krey, of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, in Philadelphia, while he was in his doctor's waiting room. As a pastor who truly lives the mission of welcome, he had injured his leg while … [Read More...]

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‘Aimee to Attend World Refugee Day in D.C.!’ — Lutheran Services of Georgia Blogs on Aimee Zangandou’s Leadership in D.C.

We're thrilled about the celebrations in place to commemorate 500,000 lives transformed through LIRS and Lutheran ministries over the past 75 years. One of the ways we are celebrating is through training former refugees to advocate for others who are … [Read More...]

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‘Reading Pastor Lobbies for Immigration Reform’ — Reading Eagle Reports on Pastor Bruce Osterhout’s Visit to Capitol Hill

As newspapers across the country are reporting, we in the faith community are not giving up on fair and just immigration reform. Recently, the Reading Eagle reported on Pastor Bruce Osterhout’s visits with Pennsylvania representatives on Capitol Hill … [Read More...]


Immigration Reform 2014: THE UPDATE for Monday April 14

Immigration reform is seeing a rejuvenated push. The question is, will it become a reality in 2014? Here to keep you up-to-date on the debate and legislative progress every Monday is THE UPDATE, a weekly blog series whose panel of experts will … [Read More...]

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‘A Vibrant Example of Christ’s Healing,’ — Dr. Holly Hoffman Shares her Life-Saving Services to Migrants and Refugees

Dr. Holly Hoffman lives out her faith through serving the most vulnerable in her community: migrants and refugees who are uninsured and uninsurable. On days off from her full-time job as a pediatric practitioner, she provides prenatal care, dental … [Read More...]

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‘Asylum Insanity: Welcome to the Land of the Free,’ — The Village Voice Cites Megan Bremer, LIRS Access to Justice Staff Attorney

The Village Voice recently explored the topic of immigration detention, bringing attention to the many harmful effects it can have on immigrants, especially victims of torture and those seeking asylum. Through the story of a young Somali man who … [Read More...]


Deportation, Fasts, & President Obama — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

The nation’s capital was buzzing this week as the Fast For Families bus pulled into town. An additional hunger strike was held on the White House Lawn as advocates continued to fight for the President's attention. In this week’s edition of the Friday … [Read More...]


Lutheran Leader Joins Fast for Families in VA to Demand Immigration Reform

This past Tuesday, faith, labor, and community leaders met on the sidewalk outside an unassuming office building in Herndon, VA. They gathered early in the morning outside the district office of Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA-10) to fast and await the arrival … [Read More...]