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 Felipe’s hang in the balance. Now that Congress is back in Washington, D.C., it is […]

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 America (ELCA) El Salvador Committee made a trip to El Salvador and saw the heart of […]

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 our blog for HEADLINES: Border Crisis. I’ll bring you all the most important and up-to-date news on the border […]

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 “Meet the Press,” the President argued that any action he could take before the elections may be harmful to the immigration debate […]

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 point repeated on cable news trickle down into everyday conversations or exchanges on social media. The national spotlight […]

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 Voice demonstrating that it is time for members of Congress to think of individuals most […]

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 help of LIRS and Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. Kuoth attended Trinity […]

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 other vulnerable migrants before leaving Washington, D.C. Now, regrettably, we are preparing for more tense budget negotiations […]

North Carolina Lutherans Speak Out Against Anti-Immigrant Resolution — State Action Alert


Grassroots advocates across the country are working hard to remove unjust and unwelcoming legislation. GeoRene Jones, a Glocal Ministry Team Facilitator at St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salisbury, North Carolina is part of a team of these tireless advocates. Recently, a resolution was adopted in her county calling on the federal government to stop […]

Immigration Groups File Lawsuit Against Obama Administration — National Action Alert


Last week, four organizations — the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the American Immigration Council, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the National Immigration Law Center — filed a lawsuit alleging the Obama Administration is unlawfully limiting the filing of asylum claims of Central American mothers and children at the family detention facility in […]