HIAS in the News
Posted on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 11:05 am
In this Forward article, HIAS' Mark Hetfield emphasizes that recent events are not a reason to delay immigration reform but, if anything, underscore how imperative it is that the comprehensive immigration reform bill recently introduced into the Senate is passed, since it would bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows, close loopholes, and ultimately make America more secure.
Posted on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 17:57 pm
Eden Siskind, whose family immigrated to the U.S. with HIAS' help, has been named a Huggable Heroes semifinalist by Build-A-Bear Workshop for her work helping refugee children. Inspired by her grandfather's childhood experience during the Holocaust, for the past four years Eden has organized a 5K benefit race to raise money to support HIAS' art therapy programs for Darfuri refugee children in Chad. Learn more.
Posted on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 17:54 pm
As reported in the JTA, President Obama recently named HIAS Board member Eric Schwartz to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent body that tracks religious freedoms overseas.
Posted on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 18:14 pm
The JTA covered yesterday's "Rally for Citizenship" that took place in Washington DC, which brought together tens of thousands of community, labor, faith, and immigrant rights supporters to urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Posted on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 14:01 pm
In this Zeek Q & A with Abby Levine, Director of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, HIAS' Associate Director of U.S. Policy & Advocacy Liza Lieberman discusses the timeline of upcoming immigration legislation.
Posted on Tue, Apr 09, 2013 at 17:00 pm
HIAS' Melanie Nezer is quoted in this ABC News article, which addresses one of the major changes advocates would like to see to asylum policy: lifting the regulation that limits asylum applications to a one-year period after arriving in the U.S.
Posted on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 10:48 am
The JTA covered a recent letter that was sent to President Obama and Congress and called for an overhaul of "our nation's broken immigration system." One hundred Jewish organizations and leaders -- including 19 national Jewish organizations -- signed onto the letter, which was drafted and circulated by HIAS.
Posted on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 9:57 am
The Lautenberg Amendment, which facilitates the exit from Iran of members of the Jewish, Christian and Baha'i minorities, was included in the continuing resolution approved by Congress this week. HIAS states in this JTA article that “as we prepare to celebrate Passover, we are thankful for Congress’ continuing commitment to protecting Jews, Christians, Baha’is, and other persecuted religious minorities in Iran."
Posted on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 14:34 pm
Since 2004, the Lautenberg Amendment has helped over 40,000 religious minorities flee persecution in Iran. HIAS has assisted thousands in this process, including many Jews, who faced dangerous journeys and obstacles along the way. The Baltimore Jewish Times recently profiled several refugees who benefitted firsthand from the Lautenberg Amendment and spoke with staff from HIAS’ affiliate organization in Baltimore. The article also highlighted a meeting that HIAS participated in with President Obama regarding immigration reform during which
Posted on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 14:28 pm
In an article recently posted by the Baltimore Jewish Times, HIAS President and CEO, Mark Hetfield explains that although refugees and immigrants have different reasons for leaving their home countries, the obstacles and opportunities they often face upon arrival in the United States are very similar. The Times article profiles two Jewish families who fled Peru and resettled in Baltimore.
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