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May 22, 2013, 09:18 ET Immigration Reform Victory in the Senate!

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) welcomes yesterday's landmark vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to pass the bipartisan Gang of...


May 21, 2013, 12:14 ET LIRS Welcomes Pro-Family Unity Amendments to Senate Immigration Reform Bill

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) supports moves by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) to amend the Senate immigration reform bill, S.744, in...


May 20, 2013, 11:50 ET Move to Widen Indefinite Detention of Migrants Defies American and Christian Values

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) condemns attempts to amend the Senate immigration reform bill, S.744, to expand indefinite detention...


May 20, 2013, 11:11 ET LIRS Opposes Threats to Gut Senate Bill's Provisions to Help Refugees

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) opposes attempts to amend the Senate immigration reform bill, S. 744, in ways that would undermine...


May 08, 2013, 04:18 ET Diverse Group of Faith Leaders Urges Senators to Protect Refugee and Asylum Provisions in Immigration Bill

On the eve of the Senate's first markup of the bipartisan immigration reform bill, S.744, a wide array of faith leaders is urging legislators to...


Apr 17, 2013, 02:06 ET S.744 Offers Historic and Bipartisan Progress on Immigration Reform

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) welcomes the introduction of S.744, particularly the way this new Senate bill embodies bipartisan...


Jan 28, 2013, 03:02 ET LIRS Welcomes New Bipartisan Immigration Framework, Awaits Obama Speech

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) applauds the framework for comprehensive immigration reform released today by a bipartisan group of...


Jan 02, 2013, 03:04 ET LIRS Welcomes Final DHS Policy Change to Protect American Families

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is heartened by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s announcement today of a final rule that...


Dec 21, 2012, 03:10 ET LIRS Releases Disaster Preparedness in Migrant Communities: A Manual for First Responders

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) today releases Disaster Preparedness in Migrant Communities: A Manual for First Responders, a unique...


Dec 19, 2012, 11:04 ET LIRS to Welcome New Year with Newly Elected Board Members, Officers

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) today announced the election of four new board members and the re-election of two current members....


Dec 18, 2012, 04:29 ET LIRS Troubled by Deportation of Over 204,000 Parents of U.S. Citizen Children

Over 204,000 parents of U.S. citizen children were removed from the country for immigration violations in the period from July 1, 2010 to September...


Dec 06, 2012, 12:01 ET LIRS Receives $14,829 Grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is proud to announce it has received a $14,829 grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to help pay...


Dec 03, 2012, 03:53 ET LIRS Receives Checago Bright Foundation, Inc. Outstanding Achievement Award in Community Service

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has received the Outstanding Achievement Award in Community Service from the Checago Bright...


Nov 29, 2012, 01:50 ET H.R. 6429 Falls Short of Solutions; LIRS Calls for Federal Immigration Reform

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) today asked Members of Congress to oppose H.R. 6429, the STEM Jobs Act of 2012, based on flaws in the ...


Nov 07, 2012, 12:41 ET LIRS Hails MD DREAM Act Win, Renews Call for Immigration Reform

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) applauds yesterday's decision by Maryland voters to approve a state law that offers an in-state...


Sep 05, 2012, 12:29 ET Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Receives $10K Grant from Wheat Ridge Ministries for Immigration Detention Visitation Ministry

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from Wheat Ridge Ministries to expand and...


Jun 25, 2012, 04:44 ET Supreme Court Immigration Ruling Underscores Need for Immigration Reform

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) welcomes today's Supreme Court decision to reaffirm the federal government's responsibility for...


Jun 15, 2012, 03:36 ET LIRS Hails Landmark Policy Change Benefitting DREAM Act Youth

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) applauds the Obama Administration for announcing it will halt deportations and grant work permits to...


Mar 30, 2012, 12:15 ET ICE Reports Deporting Nearly 47,000 Parents of U.S. Citizen Children

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the first half of 2011 deported 46,686 parents who had at least one U.S. citizen child, says an ICE...


Mar 14, 2012, 01:27 ET Karnes County Civil Detention Center: A Step in the Right Direction, But Better Options Exist

The new Karnes County Civil Detention Center is a step forward in terms of the treatment of immigrant detainees, but alternatives to detention would...


Mar 06, 2012, 16:51 ET Report Highlights Plight of Ethnic Chins from Burma Seeking Refuge in India

Leading refugee and human rights experts are calling on the Central Government of India and India's Mizoram State to respond to the protection and...


Jan 06, 2012, 01:59 ET LIRS Welcomes New Policy to Protect American Families

Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would make a policy change that would encourage some undocumented immigrant children and ...


Dec 16, 2011, 09:00 ET Despite Budget Woes, Congress Prepares to Spend More Money Locking Up Migrants

Although facing nearly $1 trillion in federal budget deficits, Congress is on track to increase immigration detention spending in FY 2012 by over...


Oct 27, 2011, 10:36 ET LIRS Detention Report Reconciles Immigration Enforcement with Humanitarian Concerns

On any given day, 33,400 immigrants, including 1,400 asylum-seekers, are held in a network of more than 250 immigration detention centers across the...


Aug 19, 2011, 03:30 ET Largest U.S. Lutheran Denomination Calls on Members to Support DREAM Act, Protest Punitive State Laws

Affirming its immigrant roots and the Biblical call to care for newcomers, the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America...