LIRS Staff Member Shares Her Heartbreaking Trip to Dilley Family Detention Center


Joanne Kelsey, LIRS Assistant Director for Advocacy, visited the freshly opened Dilley family detention center last week. What she saw and learned underscores how detention is no place for children. Joanne writes: On the eve of the Martin Luther … Read Post

Education, Economics, and Polls — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere


As Congressional debate over immigration reform and the President’s Executive Action persists, evidence continues to pour in about the economic benefits and positive public opinion of immigrants, and their place in the fabric of the United States. … Read Post

Former Refugee from Bhutan Tackles Stereotypes and Creates Change in Colorado


Bhuwan Pyakurel, former refugee from Bhutan and World Refugee Day Academy participant, has created change in his Colorado community. After participating in the World Refugee Day Academy, he started a refugee advocacy group in Colorado and frequently … Read Post

Congress, Climate Change, and Children — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

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New Congressional representatives had little time to make themselves comfortable before the battle to fund the Department of Homeland Security was placed in front of them. Already passed in the House, H.R. 240 includes harmful amendments that would … Read Post

House Passes Harmful Anti-Immigration Amendments to DHS Bill: Senate Expected to Oppose Bill


On Tuesday, we updated you on proposed amendments to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill being considered in the House of Representatives (H.R. 240) that would separate families and harm young people who came to the United States as … Read Post

We Need Your Voice! Congress Votes on Harmful Legislation Today


Congress has been in session for only a week and is already poised to vote on significant immigration legislation. The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on a spending package to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the … Read Post