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Press Release · Community Engagement

January 17, 2024

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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

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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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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Press Release · Empowering Refugees

November 20, 2023

Overcoming Poverty and Raising Wages: “New American Cities” Workforce Development Program

Global Refuge and Yoga Alliance will establish a pilot program that will incorporate yoga to help refugees and immigrants heal from the emotional trauma they experienced on their journeys to the United States.

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