Elections, Voters, and Ads — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere


From Colorado to Kentucky, immigration continues to take center stage as mid-term campaigns enter their final weeks. However, it is time for the rhetoric to stop and for action to start in order to prevent repeating the story that Aura Bogado brings to us this week in ColorLines. In his New Hampshire senatorial campaign Scott […]

HEADLINES: Border Crisis — October 15, 2014


Immigration remains a hot topic along the campaign trail as congressional representatives enter the last few weeks of their mid-term campaigns. While politicians argue, migrants and refugees are forced to risk their lives in pursuit of a better life in this country. It is time for politicians to put aside their partisan differences and to […]

Massive New Family Detention Facility to Open in Texas — National Action Alert


The federal immigration enforcement authorities recently announced they will open a massive family detention facility in Dilley, Texas. The Dilley facility will detain 2,400 mothers and children once it is fully operational and will be the largest and most expensive immigration detention center in the nation. It will also be the third family detention facility […]

Prayer Vigil to End Family Detention on Oct. 20th — Make an Impact in the Lives of Detained Mothers and Children


It deeply saddens me to write that the inhumane and archaic practice of family detention is growing in our country. As LIRS and other organizations have documented again and again, detention is no place for children. There is no humane method to detain families. Most recently, Liz Sweet, LIRS Director for Access to Justice, wrote about […]

Sanctuary, Welcome, and Licenses — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere


Despite inaction by the President and congressional representatives, people of faith across the country continue to support migrants and refugees. This week I’d like to highlight two pieces from Sojourners that set two examples of how the faith community provides the right kind of welcome for migrants and refugees looking for safety and security. Churches […]

HEADLINES: Border Crisis — October 8, 2014


This week the Obama administration introduced a plan that would allow migrant children to apply for refugee or asylum status in their home country, saving them from making the treacherous journey alone north. Hopefully under this plan, stories about the dangerous journey to America will become part of the past. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: […]

Two Successes for the Protection of Children and Families!


Thus far, Congress and the Administration have not set a good track record in their response to the increased needs of children and families seeking safety in the United States. However, this week, in the wake of attempts to rollback legal protections for children from Central America, unprecedented expansion of family detention, and attempts to expedite the deportation of […]

Learn How to Foster Refugee Community Engagement in Upcoming Webinar


Like many of you, I engage in my community on such a daily basis that I often take it for granted. I vote, attend local festivals, volunteer. But for many new Americans, it can be difficult to learn how to engage in their new community. Here at LIRS, we strive to ensure that new Americans receive […]

‘Just About Every Youth is at Risk Here’ — Rev. Phil Anderson Shares Firsthand Perspectives of Central America


Here at LIRS, we have firsthand knowledge of the daily life which forces Central Americans to flee their homes. Rev. Phil Anderson lives in El Salvador and assists LIRS to deepen connections with Lutheran partners in Central America. He recently spoke of not only the violence that forces children to flee and why insecurity persists, […]

HEADLINES: Border Crisis — October 1, 2014


Quietly, while anti-immigrant rhetoric takes center stage in congressional mid-term elections, another wave of the sanctuary movement, which rose in the 1980’s, is making its way across America. Faith communities across the country have begun to shelter migrants and refugees who are fighting deportation. As people of faith, we must continue to serve and protect […]