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April 5, 2024

The Latest from Global Refuge

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    April 2, 2024

    Harrowing experience for immigrant women means challenging path to American dream

    On a small island off the coast of Lower Manhattan, a statue stands as a testament to the promise of the American dream. It’s not the towering Statue of Liberty – Mother of Exiles – but rather the likeness of Annie Moore, an Irish teenager who etched her name into history as the first immigrant to step onto U.S. soil through Ellis Island in 1892.

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    April 5, 2024

    Harvesting Hope in Fargo

    The Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program stands at the forefront of the sustainable food movement, championing a future where access to nutritious, locally grown produce is within everyone's reach.

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    March 22, 2024

    Congressional funding bill authorizes additional Special Immigrant Visas for eligible Afghans

    Budget legislation to add 12,000 Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans allies, extends application deadline

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  • Press Release

    April 9, 2024

    U.S. Refugee Admissions Program finds new life in FY 2024

    The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is on track to resettle the most refugees in three decades, and potentially meet the Biden administration’s goal of resettling 125,000 refugees this year.

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    April 8, 2024

    A Global Refuge in Guatemala: new program serves repatriated youth

    Global Refuge's “Camino a Casa” program provides educational, vocational, and mental health support to youth returned to Guatemala.

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  • Press Release

    March 7, 2024

    Global Refuge Welcomes Five New Members to Board of Directors

    Global Refuge, the nation's largest faith-based nonprofit dedicated exclusively to serving refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants in the U.S., announces the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors

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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."

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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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Press Release · Immigration and Asylum

December 18, 2023

Gov. Abbott to Sign Harmful New Texas Immigration Laws

As a bipartisan group of Senators continue negotiations on President Biden’s $106 billion funding request, Global Refuge urges lawmakers to safeguard critical asylum protections

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Press Release · Immigration and Asylum

December 14, 2023

Global Refuge Decries Drastic Immigration Proposals in Supplemental Funding Negotiations

As a bipartisan group of Senators continue negotiations on President Biden’s $106 billion funding request, Global Refuge urges lawmakers to safeguard critical asylum protections

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Press Release · Immigration and Asylum

November 29, 2023

Global Refuge Opposes Congressional Efforts to End Asylum Protections in Budget Negotiations

As a bipartisan group of Senators continue negotiations on President Biden’s $106 billion funding request, Global Refuge urges lawmakers to safeguard critical asylum protections

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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 · 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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News · Immigration and Asylum

October 16, 2023

Celebrating Hispanic Culture Means Recognizing the Breadth of the Hispanic Immigrant Experience in the U.S.  

The latest developments highlight the irony of the difficulty Latin American migrants face trying to enter a country that has gained so much from Hispanic Americans.

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