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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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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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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 · Refugee Resettlement

September 29, 2023

Biden Administration Keeps FY 2024 Refugee Cap at 125,000

The White House today announced that President Biden has officially signed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Presidential Determination on refugee admissions, maintaining the annual cap at 125,000.

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Press Release · Immigration and Asylum

July 14, 2023

Congress Reintroduces Bipartisan Afghan Adjustment Act

With the two-year mark of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan approaching, a bipartisan group of lawmakers today reintroduced the Afghan Adjustment Act in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

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Press Release · Immigration and Asylum

May 5, 2023

Global Refuge Commends DHS on announcement of Afghan “Re-parole” Process

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced that it will open a new re-parole process for Afghans evacuated to the United States through Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) beginning in June 2023.

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Press Release · Refugee Resettlement

September 27, 2022

President Biden keeps FY23 refugee cap at 125,000

President Biden today officially signed the Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2023, maintaining an annual cap of 125,000 slots.

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News · Refugee Resettlement

August 25, 2022

Global Refuge on PBS NewsHour: Afghan Refugees One Year Later

Global Refuge's President & CEO, Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, joined PBS NewsHour to talk about our work resettling Afghan refugees

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News · Refugee Resettlement

August 17, 2022

One Year Later: “It Has Two Parts”

On August 15, 2021, Afghanistan fell under Taliban control following the U.S. withdrawal, prompting a large-scale evacuation in which more than 76,000 Afghans were brought to the United States.

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News · Refugee Resettlement

August 15, 2022

One Year Later: Afghans Revisit the Past and Look to the Future

On August 15, 2021, Afghanistan fell under Taliban control following the U.S. withdrawal, prompting a large-scale evacuation that brought more than 76,000 Afghans to the United States.

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