Ripping Families Apart: How Did Our Nation Get Here?

by Sue Smith I traveled internationally with my sons on two separate occasions several years ago. I was “estadounidense” (“American”) and gave little to no thought to whether I was able to travel alone with the kids. We were U.S. citizens, which is to say, we were somewhat oblivious to the rules, regulations and visa […]

What Will Happen to US? Halfway between September and March, DACA recipients wonder what their future holds

“If DACA ends, life as I know it will end, too. I won’t be able to drive anymore because I’ll lose my license. And I won’t be able to work, or go to school . . . . I don’t know what I’ll do!” This statement exemplifies the feelings of DREAMers everywhere, who anxiously await the […]

Actions Have Consequences The Decision to Leave a Child Behind

“How do you feel when your parents migrate to the US . . . and leave you behind?”  This wasn’t an easy question for students to answer in El Salvador. We were visiting an inner-city high school, Instituto Isaac Newton, located in the heart of San Salvador.  The seven of us, all Baptists, were seeking […]

Where Do Immigrants Come From? And Why Do They Come? Understanding the Context for Immigration

Marcos* was a Salvadoran immigrant in his late 20s whose story caused me to dig deeper in order to understand his home country.  Since then, I’ve studied the history of El Salvador and last year, I visited there.  I’ve made Salvadoran friends both in the US and in El Salvador.  It’s fairly easy for non-immigrant […]

Immigrant Fears Information is Key in Addressing Immigrant Fears

Recalibrating, thinking about shutting down refugee offices. Consoling children and comforting parents fearful to leave home. Reminding DREAMers of the risk of applying for DACA. Grieving for people of color. Struggling to address questions and fears among immigrant friends. And Praying Together. Immigration advocates and agencies – including LUCHA Ministries in Fredericksburg, Virginia – found […]

Beyond the Band-Aid Legal Aid Ministry that Makes a Difference

Band-Aid: ˈbandād/ noun  NORTH AMERICAN trademark an adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, used to cover minor wounds. a makeshift or temporary solution: “A band-aid solution to a much deeper problem”   We all know what a Band-Aid is, and we all know what a Band-Aid does.  A Band-Aid covers a wound…and really […]

Immigration Legal Services Taking "Welcoming the Stranger" a Step Farther

On April 15th, LUCHA submitted the paperwork to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals requesting recognition that will allow us to open an Immigration Legal Services office.  As a BIA-recognized agency, LUCHA Ministries will have the capacity to offer low-cost immigration legal services by assisting qualifying immigrants applying for an immigration legal […]

“Compared to the situation at hand…there is a big need.” Reflections on Immigration Law: Quotes from BGAV's Basic Immigration Law and Procedure Training

*All quotes are direct from anonymous participants at the BGAV Law Training In the middle of last month, LUCHA’s administrator and co-founder Greg Smith facilitated a Basic Immigration Law and Procedure Training event at the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV). Co-sponsored by the BGAV and Poarch Law Firm, this 40-hour training seminar was designed […]

#11for11million 11 Days for the 11 Million: Recapping LUCHA's first Instagrampaign

On April 2nd, we finished our first-ever social media awareness campaign, #11for11million!  What does that hashtag mean, you wonder?  With the introduction of our Instagram account, we took 11 days to highlight immigration issues in the U.S. and to give you an inside look into who we are and why we do what we do. […]

A Dangerous Journey They know the dangers and they come anyway. What does that say about the situations they left?

 Since 2014, Central Americans have been fleeing their homes en masse in hopes of making it to the United States. Officially recognized by President Obama as a humanitarian crisis , the Northern Triangle region (including El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) is plagued by dangerously high rates of gang-related violence, political insecurity, and organized crime groups; […]

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