Posted on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 10:15 am
(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, is leading an effort by the We Were Strangers, Too Jewish campaign for immigration reform to ensure the Jewish voice is heard in opposition to the "Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE)" Act, H.R. 2778, approved by the House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee in June 2013. HIAS is organizing a day of action on Thursday, October 17, and encourages the Jewish community to express opposition to this
Posted on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 13:53 pm
(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, applauds the decision today of Israel’s Supreme Court to strike down the Third Amendment to the Law for the Prevention of Infiltration, which had authorized the prolonged imprisonment of asylum seekers in Israel. Overturning this amendment will result in the freedom of hundreds of men, women, and children who are currently being held in prison-like conditions without trial under the amendment, which was passed in January 2012.
Posted on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 14:05 pm
(New York, NY) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced last week that one million refugee children have now fled Syria, and two million more children have fled their homes and remain within the country. The majority are under 11 years of age. At the same time, Israel continues to grapple with xenophobia toward 55,000 asylum seekers from sub-Saharan Africa, with some in the Israeli government pledging to deport them all to Uganda after the holidays are
Posted on Mon, Jul 01, 2013 at 15:26 pm
(New York, NY) – Dale Schwartz, of Atlanta, Georgia, was this week elected Chairman of the Board of HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees. An immigration lawyer, he is the twenty-second community leader elected to chair the agency since its founding in the 1880s. His initial term is for one year. He succeeds Marc Silberberg, of New York City, who served as HIAS Chairman from 2010-2013.
Upon his election, Schwartz had the following to say:
“HIAS is in my
Posted on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 17:05 pm
(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, celebrates the passage of the bipartisan legislation in the Senate to reform the U.S. immigration system. The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013,” S. 744, passed by a margin of 68-32. Mark Hetfield, HIAS’ President and CEO, was “thrilled to see this bill pass the Senate and especially pleased that it passed with several humanitarian fixes for refugees and asylum seekers.” He said that
Posted on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 10:40 am
(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, today launched The Welcome Initiative, a campaign to raise awareness around issues surrounding the treatment and welcome of refugees. Central to the campaign is the Affirmation of Welcome, a call to action to “welcome the stranger” through protection, communication, and understanding. In a series of simple yet powerful first-person affirmations, the document sets out principles to guide faith leaders in providing welcoming environments for refugees and displaced
Posted on Mon, Jun 03, 2013 at 10:28 am
(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, mourns the loss of Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey who died this morning at age 89. Growing up poor and the son of Jewish immigrants in Paterson turned Frank Lautenberg into a fighter, not just for the people of New Jersey, but for those living in danger many thousands of miles away. For more than two decades, the senator has championed legislation that has created a
HIAS Welcomes "Gang of Eight" Immigration Reform Legislation, Celebrates Proposed Improvements to Refugee & Asylum Laws
Posted on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 13:31 pm
(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, welcomes today's introduction of bipartisan legislation in the Senate to reform the U.S. immigration system. Mark Hetfield, HIAS’ President and CEO, said, “We are thrilled that this legislation was introduced and especially pleased that there are several humanitarian fixes for refugees and asylum seekers in this new legislation, which offers a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, modernizes the immigration system, strengthens our economy, protects families, treats
One Hundred Jewish Organizations Send Pre-Passover Message to President and Congress: Fix Our Broken Immigration System
Posted on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 13:29 pm
(Washington, DC) – On the eve of Passover, the Jewish festival of freedom, 100 Jewish organizations and leaders – including 19 national Jewish organizations – signed a letter that was sent today to President Obama and Congress calling for an overhaul of “our nation’s broken immigration system.” Drafted, organized, and circulated by HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, the letter represents a wide partnership of Jewish organizations anchored by the “We Were Strangers, Too:
HIAS Welcomes Extension of Lautenberg Amendment to Protect Religious Minorities in Iran and Former Soviet Union
Posted on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 15:48 pm
(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds the passage of the most recent stopgap spending legislation, which is expected to be signed by President Obama in the coming days. This legislation renews the Lautenberg Amendment, which allows Jews and other historically persecuted religious minorities from Iran and the former Soviet Union (FSU) to come to the U.S. as refugees. It had expired on September 30, 2012.
The spending bill – known
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