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LIRS is now Global Refuge.

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News · Immigration and Asylum

August 23, 2023

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  • News · Foster Care

    December 20, 2023

    Looking Back on 2023

    Lutheran Immigration and Refuge Service is sharing 10 of our favorite photos from this extraordinary year with commentary from our staff, partners, clients, and friends in the work of welcome.

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  • News · Immigration and Asylum

    November 10, 2023

    Unsung Heroes: Immigrants in the U.S. Military

    An estimated 700,000 foreign-born veterans call this country home, while approximately 45,000 immigrants are currently defending our freedoms as members of the armed forces.

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Advocacy

  • Advocacy · Immigration and Asylum

    December 21, 2023

    Jesus Was a Refugee

    In this season of waiting and hoping, displacement is at the heart of the Advent story. At the time Mary was to give birth to Jesus, they were required by Caesar Augustus to return to their hometown for a census, for fear of persecution – traveling during a time of anticipation and uncertainty ahead of childbirth. They needed shelter for a safe birth of Jesus, but "there was no room for them in the inn."

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  • Advocacy · Empowering Refugees

    October 27, 2023

    Global Refuge Delivers Powerful Testimony at Congressional Hearing

    Global Refuge President Krish O'Mara Vignarajah spoke at a Congressional Hearing on refugee resettlement and immigration pathways.

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Press Release

  • Press Release

    February 23, 2024

    Global Refuge alarmed by Biden administration consideration of new asylum ban

    The Biden administration is considering executive action to further restrict asylum eligibility at the southern border for people who cross between official ports of entry.

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  • Press Release

    February 15, 2024

    HHS: Refugees & Asylees Generate $123.8 Billion Net Fiscal Benefit

    "This study demonstrates that refugee resettlement is firmly within our national interest, both in terms of maintaining our global humanitarian leadership and bolstering federal, state, and local resources."

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Press Release

February 23, 2024

Global Refuge alarmed by Biden administration consideration of new asylum ban

The Biden administration is considering executive action to further restrict asylum eligibility at the southern border for people who cross between official ports of entry.

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Press Release

February 15, 2024

HHS: Refugees & Asylees Generate $123.8 Billion Net Fiscal Benefit

"This study demonstrates that refugee resettlement is firmly within our national interest, both in terms of maintaining our global humanitarian leadership and bolstering federal, state, and local resources."

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Press Release

February 15, 2024

White House Designates Deferred Enforced Departure for Palestinians

"The DED designation offers much-needed support and protection to Palestinians living in our country at a time when their homeland is going through so much tumult. The ongoing conflict makes returning unsafe for the foreseeable future, so this decision demonstrates the Biden administration’s commitment to our nation being a global humanitarian leader during times of crisis.”

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Press Release

February 4, 2024

Senators announce bipartisan immigration legislation

Global Refuge responds to bipartisan legislation concerning immigration policy, which has been tied to an emergency supplemental foreign assistance bill.

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Press Release

January 29, 2024

Global Refuge responds to President Biden statement on immigration negotiations

Global Refuge is deeply troubled by President Biden’s statement on bipartisan senate negotiations concerning immigration policy, touting “a new emergency authority to shut down the border."

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Press Release · Community Engagement

January 17, 2024

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service rebrands as Global Refuge

Global Refuge, formerly known as Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, has welcomed refugees since 1939 and seeks to build a bigger table of supporters amid unprecedented humanitarian crises.

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Advocacy · Immigration and Asylum

December 21, 2023

Jesus Was a Refugee

In this season of waiting and hoping, displacement is at the heart of the Advent story. At the time Mary was to give birth to Jesus, they were required by Caesar Augustus to return to their hometown for a census, for fear of persecution – traveling during a time of anticipation and uncertainty ahead of childbirth. They needed shelter for a safe birth of Jesus, but "there was no room for them in the inn."

Read More

News · Foster Care

December 20, 2023

Looking Back on 2023

Lutheran Immigration and Refuge Service is sharing 10 of our favorite photos from this extraordinary year with commentary from our staff, partners, clients, and friends in the work of welcome.

Read More

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