Action Alertshttps://lirsconnect.org/home/actionalertsLIRSConnectJune 8 Webinar, Our Call to Care: More Than Allieshttps://lirsconnect.org/home/actionalerts/june_8_webinar_our_call_to_care_more_than_allies<div><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/.api2/binaries/1kDu4bhAFl/thumbnails/noname_1622815110065" class="fr-fic fr-dib" style="width: 462px;" data-ig-embed-key="1kDu4bhAFl"> We must protect those who protected us.</strong></p><p>President Biden announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan last month, initially indicating the timeline was by Sept. 2021. Gaining attention in the United States, particularly among veterans and people of faith, are concerns about the fate of Afghans allies who assisted the U.S. mission as…</p></div>Diana Guelespe, PhDFri, 04 Jun 2021 11:34:54 -0400https://lirsconnect.org/home/actionalerts/june_8_webinar_our_call_to_care_more_than_alliesFar Overdue! Tell Congress to Reform Our Immigration System and Support the US Citizenship Act of 2021https://lirsconnect.org/home/actionalerts/far_overdue_tell_congress_to_reform_our_immigration_system_and_support_the_us_citizenship_act_of_2021<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/4aoSzrT91h/thumbnails/USCA.png?width=300" style="width: 300px; height: auto;" class="fr-fic fr-fil fr-dii" data-key="4aoSzrT91h" data-contentlength="205928" data-contenttype="image/png" data-binarylocation="/.api2/binaries/4aoSzrT91h/download/USCA.png" data-thumbnaillocation="/.api2/binaries/4aoSzrT91h/thumbnails/USCA.png" data-name="USCA.png" data-isprofilephoto="false" data-ig-embed-key="4aoSzrT91h">Senator Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Sanchez (D-CA) have introduced the US Citizenship Act of 2021, President Biden’s groundbreaking immigration reform proposal. The plan addresses key areas that have been ignored for decades. Among its many provisions, it provides DACA and TPS recipients with green cards, setting them on a path to citizenship,…</p></div>Diana Guelespe, PhDMon, 22 Feb 2021 10:40:22 -0500https://lirsconnect.org/home/actionalerts/far_overdue_tell_congress_to_reform_our_immigration_system_and_support_the_us_citizenship_act_of_2021TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Senator to Pass the DREAM Act of 2021https://lirsconnect.org/home/actionalerts/take_action_tell_your_senator_to_pass_the_dream_act_of_2021<div><p unsafe.style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(46, 55, 75); font-family: Montserrat, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-line; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><img src="/.api2/binaries/zYGS23uyWF/thumbnails/dream-act_rodney-dunning_cc-by-nd-800.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px; height: auto;" class="fr-fic fr-fil fr-dii" data-key="zYGS23uyWF" data-contentlength="8969" data-contenttype="image/jpeg" data-binarylocation="/.api2/binaries/zYGS23uyWF/download/dream-act_rodney-dunning_cc-by-nd-800.jpg" data-thumbnaillocation="/.api2/binaries/zYGS23uyWF/thumbnails/dream-act_rodney-dunning_cc-by-nd-800.jpg" data-name="dream-act_rodney-dunning_cc-by-nd-800.jpg" data-isprofilephoto="false" data-ig-embed-key="zYGS23uyWF">On Thursday, February 4, Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Graham (SC-R) re-introduced the Dream Act of 2021. If passed, the legislation would provide a permanent lawful status to nearly two million Dreamers – immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. The permanent status would shield them from deportation and allow them to work and support…</p></div>Diana Guelespe, PhDTue, 16 Feb 2021 10:34:04 -0500https://lirsconnect.org/home/actionalerts/take_action_tell_your_senator_to_pass_the_dream_act_of_2021Action Alert: Contact your Senators TODAY to support the next COVID legislationhttps://lirsconnect.org/home/actionalerts/action_alert_contact_your_senators_today_to_support_the_next_covid_legislation<div unsafe.style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; background: none rgb(255, 255, 255); width: 860px; float: left; min-height: 1px; position: relative; color: rgb(46, 55, 75); font-family: Montserrat, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><div style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; min-height: 50px;"> <div unsafe.style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 12px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; border-image: initial !important; border-color: rgb(195, 195, 195); border-radius: 0px; overflow-wrap: break-word; box-shadow: none; background-image: initial !important; background-position: initial !important; background-size: initial !important; background-repeat: initial !important; background-attachment: initial !important; background-origin: initial !important; background-clip: initial !important; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <div unsafe.style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; box-sizing: border-box;"> <div unsafe.style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; box-sizing: border-box;"> <div unsafe.style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; display: block; box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px !important; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255) !important; border-radius: 8px !important;"> <div unsafe.style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;"> <div unsafe.style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; box-sizing: border-box;"> <div unsafe.style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; box-sizing: border-box;"> <p unsafe.style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; box-sizing: border-box;"><img src="/.api2/binaries/R99tQmidF5/thumbnails/1200px-US_Capitol_Building_at_night_Jan_2006.jpg?height=146&amp;width=194" data-key="R99tQmidF5" data-contentlength="134326" data-contenttype="image/jpeg" data-binarylocation="/.api2/binaries/R99tQmidF5/download/1200px-US_Capitol_Building_at_night_Jan_2006.jpg" data-thumbnaillocation="/.api2/binaries/R99tQmidF5/thumbnails/1200px-US_Capitol_Building_at_night_Jan_2006.jpg" data-name="1200px-US_Capitol_Building_at_night_Jan_2006.jpg" data-ig-embed-key="R99tQmidF5" class="fr-fic fr-fil fr-dii" style="width: 194px;"></p> <p class="fr-img-space-wrap2">While we are grateful for measures Congress has taken to address the pandemic, refugees face unique challenges that were not taken into consideration in previous legislation. We urge Senators, especially, to take up the next COVID-19 package and include meaningful solutions that support <u unsafe.style="box-sizing: border-box;">all</u> our neighbors, including refugee…</p></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>Diana Guelespe, PhDTue, 10 Nov 2020 15:20:29 -0500https://lirsconnect.org/home/actionalerts/action_alert_contact_your_senators_today_to_support_the_next_covid_legislationAction Alert: Urge Congress to condemn FY21's historic-low refugee ceilinghttps://lirsconnect.org/home/actionalerts/action_alert_urge_congress_to_condemn_fy21s_historic_low_refugee_ceiling<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/l4u98H5eFo/thumbnails/refugees%20welcome.jpg?height=192&amp;width=269" style="width: 267px; height: 192.397px;" class="fr-fic fr-fil fr-dii" data-key="l4u98H5eFo" data-contentlength="148583" data-contenttype="image/jpeg" data-binarylocation="/.api2/binaries/l4u98H5eFo/download/refugees welcome.jpg" data-thumbnaillocation="/.api2/binaries/l4u98H5eFo/thumbnails/refugees welcome.jpg" data-name="refugees welcome.jpg" data-ig-embed-key="l4u98H5eFo">The President has officially set the refugee admissions goal for fiscal year 2021 at 15,000–the lowest admissions in the 40-year history of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. The administration has also moved away from allocating populations based on geographic need or vulnerability, which makes it less likely that 15,000 refugees will actually…</p></div>Diana Guelespe, PhDMon, 09 Nov 2020 11:43:35 -0500https://lirsconnect.org/home/actionalerts/action_alert_urge_congress_to_condemn_fy21s_historic_low_refugee_ceilingAction Alert: Proposed PD of 15k Refugees for FY21https://lirsconnect.org/home/actionalerts/action_alert_proposed_pd_of_15k_refugees_for_fy21<div><p style="margin:0;">Last night t<span style="color: black;">he administration sent a </span>report to Congress (see attached)<span style="color: black;"> proposing a new historic low PD of 15,000 for FY 2021. <strong>The administration has not set consultations with Congress and has not signed a refugee resettlement goal for FY 2021. </strong></span></p> <p style="margin:0;"><span style="color: black;"> </span></p> <p style="margin:0;"><span style="color: black;">LIRS is circulating an <strong><a class="jive-link-external-small" href="https://www.votervoice.net/LIRS/campaigns/77559/respond?mc_cid=b31ef5f321&mc_eid=[UNIQID]" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">action alert</a> </strong>asking Members of Congress to weigh on this decision as is…</span></p></div>Diana Guelespe, PhDThu, 01 Oct 2020 16:09:59 -0400https://lirsconnect.org/home/actionalerts/action_alert_proposed_pd_of_15k_refugees_for_fy21