As Lutherans, we are proud to stand with our partner, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), in supporting a strong U.S. refugee resettlement program. Please take a moment to read the following message from Javier Cuevas, LIRS Director for Advocacy, and learn how you can take action today.

For more information on LIRS' efforts to support refugees, visit LIRS.org. To learn more about how the ELCA accompanies Central American refugees, visit ELCA.org/AMMPARO

LIRSrefugees“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2

This week, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision that will severely affect Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service’s (LIRS) ability to conduct the lifesaving work of providing safety and protection for the most vulnerable refugees, regardless of their nationality or religion. While disappointed, LIRS is more committed than ever to our fundamental mission, rooted in faith, of the work we do each day: helping those in need find safety, welcome, and a new chance at life.

But to continue in this work - we need your help.

What is the meaning of this ruling?

The Court’s ruling narrows the scope of the lower courts injunctions, and will mean individuals whom the U.S. has historically offered protection through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) may be denied that protection at least for now - despite their having been thoroughly vetted by top security and intelligence agencies, and having a community willing to offer them safety and a new chance at life.

While the Court’s decision will allow some refugees to continue to arrive there are countless others who will be needlessly denied access to the USRAP. This decision could affect our ability to protect refugees fleeing religious persecution, survivors of war with severe medical cases, unaccompanied refugee children who lost their family due to violence or war, torture survivors, and countless others who will be left waiting, denied protection simply because they lack a “bona fide” tie to the United States.

As we know too well, our world is faced with the worst displacement crisis in recorded history with nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are children. With such need, what can we do?


Stand Alongside Refugees

Our request is simple. We ask that you stand with refugees during their most urgent moment, and call on Congress and the Administration to do more. And, we ask that you to help us share the amazing stories of courage, love for family, and redemption that characterize the journeys of so many refugees.

As our President and CEO, Linda Hartke said, “While today’s decision may make it harder for us to protect those who need our assistance the most, our call to live out our faith through our vocation is undeterred.”

We are humbled and honored to have your support and ask that you continue to stand with us in this fight. We could not do it without you.

In peace,

Javier S. Cuebas

Director for Advocacy

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service 

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