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We urge (1) the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection
(CBP) to classify qualifying Afghan minors not previously classified as Unaccompanied Afghan
Minors (UAM); and (2) the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Refugee
Resettlement (ORR) to ensure that regardless of classification, all Afghan children who qualify
as UAMs are able to receive child welfare-centered post-release services for unaccompanied
children and full legal representation.

Our CEO Kristyn Peck was on the In the Ring Podcast discussing challenges LSSNCA overcame this past year and what it means to be Lutheran Social Services of America’s Michah Leadership Award recipient. Be sure to listen to this impactful discussion on uplifting communities.

We are rejoicing with many communities tonight in the wake of the announcement that U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan has struck down the use of the cruel and controversial Title 42 policy. Long used as a way to separate families and send those seeking asylum back into harm’s way, we hope this will put an end to the use of any and all supposed public health laws blocking people from reaching safety in the United States.

On October 25th, LSSNCA along with 322 religious leaders and 100 national, state, and local faith-based organizations signed a letter to Sec. Mayorkas expressing deep concern over the announcement that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding the use of “Title 42” to expel Venezuelans seeking refuge at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Yesterday the Biden Administration announced its new policy regarding Venezuelans seeking safety in the United States. Providing humanitarian parole relief to more Venezuelans – up to 24,000 - is a welcome step. However, hinging this support on familial ties in the United States and expanding the use of Title 42 to expel Venezuelans to Mexico in conjunction with the program is a step backward.

As 111 religious leaders and 59 national, state, and local faith-based organizations across traditions, we
urge you to support and pass the Afghan Adjustment Act (S.4787 / H.R.8685) as part of the
upcoming FY 2023 Continuing Resolution.

Today, 89 local, state, and national organizations led by the Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure Administrative Advocacy Coalition (TPS-DED AAC) wrote to President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas, and Secretary Blinken to urge an 18-month extension and redesignation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Burma.

RCUSA delivered a letter to President Biden on behalf of 100 national, state, and local organizations urging him to set – and meet – a refugee admissions goal of 200,000 for the 2023 fiscal year.

Ahmad Jawed Tokhi watched quietly last Monday morning as the Landover Hills street around him thrummed with excitement on the first day of school.

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA) joined fellow members of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) in urging Congress to support and pass the Afghan Adjustment Act, and the Biden administration to create safe and efficient pathways out of Afghanistan and into the United States.

Ahead of next week’s one-year anniversary of the fall of Kabul, both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives have introduced the long-awaited bipartisan Afghan Adjustment Act.

On December 15, 2021, Secretary Mayorkas committed the U.S. government “to pursuing initiatives to enhance recognition of, and protections for, vulnerable populations, including stateless individuals within the United States.” In doing so, he noted: “Statelessness presents significant humanitarian concerns that require a careful and thoughtful response specifically tailored to the distinct and diverse needs of stateless persons.”

Now, more than nine months after Secretary Mayorkas’ initial announcement and with only three months left in the fiscal year, these commitments have not been implemented, and the stateless community has not been apprised of the timeline or method of implementation.

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that the Biden Administration was within its rights to end the inhumane Remain in Mexico (MPP) policy. Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA) celebrates this long-awaited news alongside the many grassroots movements, civic and nonprofit organizations.

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA) is heartbroken by the news of the senseless and tragic deaths, and severe physical injury, of at least 50 people who were seeking a safer life who were found in an abandoned tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas.

Last week, LSSNCA joined 100+ civil society organizations calling on the Biden Administration to take all available additional steps to end the Title 42 policy - which has overwhelmingly targeted Black, Brown & Indigenous asylum seekers - and mitigate its continuing harms.

LSSNCA was one of 117 organizations to urge the Biden administration to resume legal services for Afghans who are eligible for Special Immigrant Visa status.

How many Ukrainian refugees are in the U.S., where are they and how long can they stay? Why is the process for Ukrainians different from other refugees?

"Round 4: 75000 afghan refugees need help. We are gonna talk about what we can all do to be that help."

A recently announced federal program called Uniting for Ukraine is a pathway for Ukrainians fleeing their country to stay in the United States for up to two years. Ukrainians participating in the program must have someone in the U.S. who agrees to provide financial support for the duration of that stay. The door is open for up to 100,000 refugees from the war-torn country.

Even though it’s expected that the majority of Ukrainians will resettle in European countries, the Tent Partnership for Refugees is working to help recent arrivals from Afghanistan settle into life in the U.S. and has developed a resource for American companies designed to help them find work and job training opportunities.

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA) celebrates the passage of language in the Ukraine supplemental signed by President Biden making Ukrainians in the United States with humanitarian parole status eligible for certain refugee benefits and services through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). These essential benefits include Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA), Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA), and employment case management services.  

Yesterday, families and friends of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas experienced a nightmare, and we all went to sleep heartbroken. Our prayers are with those impacted by this tragedy. Today, let’s wake up.

103 faith-based organizations and 215 faith leaders sent a letter to Congress urging them to uphold U.S. asylum laws and strongly reject any anti-asylum measures. Earlier this month, people of faith joined immigrant-led groups in welcoming the Biden administration’s plans to end the inhumane Title 42 policy by May 23rd, and expressed their readiness to work with the administration to restore welcome.

Ukrainians arriving through the Uniting for Ukraine program will not be able to access the same public benefits and services as a refugee, and refugee resettlement agencies, like Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA), will not have funding to provide case management and job placement services.

Uniting for Ukraine leaves Ukrainians vulnerable and without access to the same benefits and services as a refugee. LSSNCA is gearing up to help welcome Ukrainians, and looks forward to continuing our partnerships throughout the community so we can build a strong network of welcome and support around our new neighbors. 

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