Thousands of people trying to return to South Sudan from Sudan have been stranded for months at the Kosti way station and are running out of “means of support,” a United Nations official said Tuesday. The concern for their plight comes amid reports of military attacks along Sudan’s hotly contested border with South Sudan. Between

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The Rev. John Barton “Bart” Day Speaks on the KFUO Morning Show

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We’re grateful to the Rev. John Barton “Bart” Day, Director for Life Together, LCMS, and the KFUO Morning Show for their recent nod to the work of LIRS. Please have a listen to this interview, which places LIRS within the context of the important mercy work being done by Lutherans across

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Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro raised some $395 million at an international donors conference to help house 74,000 people who have been living as refugees for over two decades. The countries sought to raise $660 million to help those who have fled their homes during the 1990′s wars in the former Yugoslavia resettle in their

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HEADLINES: Immigration

A locally authored plan to allow undocumented agricultural and service-sector workers to legally stay in California cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday. The Assembly’s Committee on Labor and Employment endorsed the Agricultural Jobs and Industry Stabilization Act with a 4-1 vote. The committee’s vote fell along party lines, with Republican Assemblyman Mike Morrell opposing it.

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SB 1070 and HB 56: How Do They Differ?

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

As it is with Leo Tolstoy’s observation about families, so it is with laws. At first glance, there’s so much that’s unhappy about the anti-immigrant laws of both Arizona (SB 1070) and Alabama (HB 56) that it would be easy to

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22 ‘Friends-of-the-Court’ Briefs Boost Campaign Against SB 1070

By now you’ve probably heard that over 350 individuals and organizations have joined 22 amicus briefs supporting the U.S. government in its legal challenge to Arizona’s extreme immigration law, SB 1070.

But it’s something else altogether to see these “friends-of-the-court” briefs summed up in one place.

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has done

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UPDATE: Mississippi H.B.488

On Wednesday, March 14, 2012, the Mississippi House passed HB 488. In order to execute its passage, the final bill was heavily edited from the originally introduced version. This was likely due to how Mississippi lawmakers have observed the way other punitive state immigration laws have fared since implementation. LIRS joins faith leaders and organizations

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Founding Fathers vs. SB 1070 and HB 56

You might be surprised to hear that the United States’ first immigration law, passed by the Founding Fathers themselves, supported open immigration. In fact, this Monday, March 26, was the anniversary of the passage of the Naturalization Act of 1790.

While times have changed and such a policy is no longer feasible or desirable, it’s

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RESOURCES: “When States Put Out the Unwelcome Mat”

An excerpt from an editorial in the New York Times: ”When States Put Out the Unwelcome Mat”

The New York Times, Source: National Conference of State Legislatures; National Immigration Law Center

There is one area, besides copper mining and home foreclosures, where Arizona is a national leader. It’s at the front of a movement

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RESOURCES: “100 Reasons Why Alabama’s Immigration Law is a Disaster”

The Center for American Progress published a comprehensive list of the ill effects of Alabama’s H.B. 56, covering issues across the board; public health, families, government, economy, rule of law, faith communities, safety, and much more. Below is an excerpt from the beginning of the article. 100 Reasons Why Alabama’s Immigration Law is a disaster By Center for American Progress Immigration Team Alabama’s H.B. 56, signed into law on June 9, 2011, is the nation’s harshest anti-immigrant law. The bill makes it a crime to be without status, requires law enforcement to check the papers of anyone they suspect of being undocumented, mandates that public schools check the legal status of their students, abrogates any contract made with an undocumented immigrant, and makes it a felony for undocumented immigrants to contract with a government entity (even for a service as fundamental as water connection).

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