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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 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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News · Community Engagement

February 22, 2021

What is the USA Refugee Resettlement Process?

Many refugees will spend years uprooted, unable to return home, hoping and praying for a chance to be considered for the refugee resettlement process.

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News · Outreach

January 21, 2021

Explained: The Biden Immigration Plan

After four years of what has felt like a war on immigration, the inauguration of President Biden represents the dawn of a new day for immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees, and all those who welcome them.

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News · Immigration and Asylum

January 8, 2021

Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Migrants – What’s the Difference?

Every day, thousands of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees make the incredibly difficult decision to leave their countries in search of safety and better lives.

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Press Release · Community Engagement

December 16, 2020

Global Refuge Holiday Campaign Supports Migrant Families and ICE Detainees

In an effort to bring hope to thousands of migrants in the United States, Global Refuge is running its sixth-annual Hope for the Holidays campaign.

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News · Outreach

December 8, 2020

Re-Introducing Global RefugeConnect

On December 7, Global Refuge officially relaunched Global RefugeConnect, a space for Global Refuge to share news and resources with our community.

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