According to UNHCR, there are around 15 million refugees in the world today. Some are fleeing conflicts that are well known and others, conflicts that are lesser known. This year, one of the ethnicities that LIRS is resettling is the Banyamulenge Tutsis. They have fled the lesser publicized conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [...]
Resettling Congolese Refugees — Perspectives from Lutheran Children and Family Services in Philadelphia
Advocates are working hard to bring the issues surrounding immigration detention into the spotlight. In this week’s edition of the Friday Top Picks, I’d like to highlight a post from Bronwyn Lea where she discusses the long and complicated process of becoming a legal citizen in the United States. “I Am the Immigrant,” writes Bronwyn [...]
Immigration detention breaks families apart and goes against our American values of welcome. Fortunately, there are leaders across the country who take time out to visit detainees, hold vigils, and fully welcome the stranger. I’m honored to share an interview today with Pastor Diakonda Gurning, one of these compassionate leaders. LIRS Media Relations Specialist Clarissa [...]
Advocates are focusing their attention on a variety of issues surrounding immigration reform as they continue to push for positive change in 2013. Visit our blog every Thursday for HEADLINES: Immigration. I’ll bring you all the most important and up-to-date news on the immigration debate. We’ve Failed on Immigration Reform. Here are Five Ways to [...]
Today, I’d like to write about immigration detention, an issue that is close to my heart. LIRS and regular readers of this blog know that on any given day in the United States, the federal government holds approximately 34,000 migrants and refugees in more than 250 facilities sanctioned to detain individuals for civil violations of [...]
Holiday Job Development Strategies, 8 Steps for Effective Cold Calling, & Free Training — Top Picks of the Higher Blog
Now that Thanksgiving is over and leftovers fill the fridge, the season of gift hunting is upon us. As I look for presents for my friends and family, I find it important to keep in mind those who have less than I do.
Today is #GivingTuesday, when families, businesses, charities, and students come together to give back. Giving a bit today can make a lasting change in the life of a newly arrived refugee. When refugees first arrive here in the United States, often after years in refugee camps, they are starting their lives anew. However, many come here with small amounts of cash and are overwhelmed with the idea of raising and protecting their families on $50.
I’m grateful for the dedication and perseverance of our partners. When we work together, significant progress can be made in our country. Today, thanks to the work of various LIRS partners, significant changes to federal agency practice are being implemented that will help asylum seekers gain employment. LIRS Staff Attorney Angela Edman shares her knowledge on the recent changes, below. The [...]
In this National Action Alert, I’d like to update you on recent developments in connection with the Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV). Last week, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) sparked concerns among advocates for the Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) programs. He proposed harmful amendments to a defense bill that would terminate [...]
For many Americans, the holiday season that starts with Thanksgiving and culminates in the New Year celebration is a time of joy spent with family and friends. As we enter the holidays, I urge you to take action to support the millions of migrants and refugees for whom this season will be less than joyful because they [...]