History Repeats Itself at Family Detention Center on Border — Guest Post by Nora Skelly, LIRS Assistant Director for Advocacy


While the Obama Administration detains families, LIRS is taking action to protect them, many of whom qualify as asylees under U.S. law.  Nora Skelly, LIRS Assistant Director for Advocacy, recently visited a family facility near the border. In this guest post, she shares disturbing realities of the facility but also how people of faith in the local […]

Vulnerable Families Are Being Imprisoned. You Can Prevent It With Houses of Welcome — State Action Alert


Mothers and children, who fled to the United States for safety, are now being imprisoned in detention centers. We are deeply concerned as the government expands the detention system for these vulnerable families. Fortunately, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has opened the door to the possibility of viable, community-based alternatives to detention for mothers and […]

‘It Was Either This or be Murdered,’ Bishop Michael Rinehart Shares From His Visit to a Children’s Shelter at the Border


Bishop Michael Rinehart of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recently visited a facility temporarily housing unaccompanied children on the border. He gives us a glimpse inside the facility, hard facts on the crisis, and 6 powerful ways to help these children: ‘It was either this or be murdered.’ Javier was one […]

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


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 […]

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 seeking refuge. 1. LEARN: Learn about the humanitarian crisis faced by children and families. LIRS offers resources such as backgrounders on […]

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 like to highlight a post by Carly Perez that introduces a […]

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: Immigration. I’ll bring you all the most important and up-to-date news on the immigration debate. Preachers Call For […]

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 complex situation taking place in Murrieta, California. “Obama’s Quick Fix […]

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

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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 faith in the United States opened their hearts and homes four decades ago to […]

Folabi Speaks: Sharing about LIRS in Salisbury, North Carolina

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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 efforts at the local and national levels. Today, Folabi shares his recent experience visiting St. John’s Lutheran […]