HIAS in the News

Seeking asylum? No spirit of Geneva here

Posted on Tue, Oct 02, 2012 at 6:38 am

This Ha'aretz article offers an in-depth look at the work of HIAS and Joel Moss, head of HIAS' Israel office, with the Israeli asylum system.

Obama enacts visa program for religious workers

Posted on Tue, Oct 02, 2012 at 6:34 am

The JTA covered Obama's 3-year renewal of the Religious Worker Visa Program, quoting Mark Hetfield on its importance to the Jewish community.

The untold story of Iran's religious minorities

Posted on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 14:11 pm

The Hill's Congress Blog just posted an op-ed by Mark Hetfield in which he explains how the Lautenberg Amendment is especially critical for religious minorities seeking to flee Iran because it encourages third party countries to provide refuge based on the assurance that bona fide members of Iranian religious minorities under consideration by the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program will be admitted into the United States.

We cannot turn our backs

Posted on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

Haaretz just posted an op-ed by Mark Hetfield in which he discusses the impact of Israeli politicians' destructive rhetoric on the Israeli asylum system.

Renew amendment to help religious refugees

Posted on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 18:30 pm

The San Antonio Express News just posted an op-ed by Judy Lackritz, who recently served as the Acting Director of HIAS' Washington office and is the Community Relations Director of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio. She discusses her involvement with HIAS and her work on the Lautenberg Amendment, which expires on September 30th.

Jewish groups praise, question high court's immigration ruling

Posted on Tue, Jul 03, 2012 at 10:52 am

HIAS board member Leon Wildes and his son and former Englewood mayor Michael Wildes—both of whom are immigration lawyers—as well as HIAS' President & CEO (Interim) Mark Hetfield are quoted in this New Jersey Jewish Standard article about the recent SCOTUS decision on Arizona's immigration law.

Israel respects human rights and rule of law

Posted on Mon, Jul 02, 2012 at 14:06 pm

In a South African Times op-ed published yesterday, Mark Hetfield  responds to an op-ed by Mondli Makhanya by emphasizing the distinction between the inflammatory statements of some Israeli politicians and Israel's policies as a nation toward migrants and asylum seekers.

Jewish groups: Court ruling against Arizona immigration law to have 'mixed outcome'

Posted on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

Haaretz discusses HIAS' response to the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's SB 1070, welcoming the Court's decision but emphasizing the potential for racial profiling due to the section of the law that was upheld that allows police officers to check the immigration status of a suspect stopped for other reasons. HIAS' previous opposition to SB 1070 also was discussed, including HIAS' letter to Congress, which was signed by more than 65 Jewish organizations and public figures, condemning the legislation and urging Congress to move

In Supreme Court's Immigration Ruling, Jewish Groups See Progress But Have Concerns

Posted on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 17:09 pm

HIAS was cited in this JTA article as one of the first organizations to weigh in on the Supreme Court's divided ruling today in Arizona v. United States, which repealed three parts of the law while upholding the component allowing law enforcement officials to check the legal immigration status of people they detain.


Israel's African Crackdown Draws Fire

Posted on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 11:04 am

HIAS' work to aid African asylum seekers in Israel is highlighted in this Forward article, which discusses the Israeli government's decision to deport illegal African immigrants to South Sudan, and quotes both Mark Hetfield, HIAS' President & CEO (Interim), and Joel Moss, Director of HIAS' Israel office.

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