Press Releases

HIAS Commends New ICE Guidelines

Posted on Fri, May 01, 2009 at 14:06 pm

Strongly Urges Swift Comprehensive Immigration Reform

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, commends the new guidelines published yesterday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security, as a step in the right direction. The guidelines call for field agents conducting immigration raids to give heightened focus to employers who violate immigration laws.
According to Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS and Chairman of the National


HIAS Applauds Convening of Senate Immigration Hearings

Posted on Fri, May 01, 2009 at 14:03 pm

(New York, NY)–  HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, is gratified that the Senate held hearings on immigration this week, and thanks Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, for scheduling “Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do It and How.”

According to Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS and Chair of the National Immigration Forum, the leading immigrant advocacy organization in the United States:
“We strongly


Seasoned Immigration, Refugee Policy Expert Re-Joins HIAS Staff

Posted on Tue, Jun 06, 2006 at 14:49 pm

(New York City)– HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, has tapped Mark Hetfield to serve as senior vice president for policy and programs. Hetfield will oversee HIAS’ Washington, D.C., office as well as the organization’s domestic and international program operations. He was named to his new post by Gideon Aronoff, who became HIAS’ new president and CEO earlier this spring.

“ Mark Hetfield has been and will be an invaluable asset to HIAS,” says Aronoff. “His work with us in the


Senator Lieberman To Receive HIAS Liberty Award For Peace And Freedom

Posted on Wed, May 31, 2006 at 14:46 pm

A Strong Advocate for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

(New York City)- Recognizing Joseph I. Lieberman’s (D-Conn.) tremendous efforts on behalf of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, will present him with its highest honor, the Liberty Award, at a ceremony in Washington May 23.

The award honors an individual “who has made a substantial contribution to the furtherance of peace and freedom.”

Senator Lieberman has been leading the push to ensure that Comprehensive Immigration Reform improves the


150 From Around The World To Receive HIAS Scholarships In June 5 Ceremony

Posted on Wed, May 31, 2006 at 14:44 pm

78 now live in New York; 31 in California; 8 in Ohio

Awards are a "Mitzvah" from donors

(New York, NY)– One hundred and fifty immigrant students from all over the world now living in the United States will be awarded HIAS scholarships in a ceremony June 5 at Lighthouse International, 111 East 59 th Street in Manhattan.

HIAS – the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society – will award the scholarships to recognize the students’ academic achievements, financial need and community involvement. In all,


Senate Bill a Good Start, But Serious Work Left To Be Done, Says HIAS

Posted on Wed, May 31, 2006 at 14:43 pm

(New York City)- Thursday’s Senate vote on Comprehensive Immigration Reform has officials at HIAS - the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society - cautiously optimistic; work, they say, is still needed before the legislation can fulfill its potential as a true comprehensive fix for America’s broken immigration system.

“This vote does represent a step forward in reforming our immigration system in a constructive way,” says Gideon Aronoff, president and CEO of HIAS. “But it still contains provisions that will exclude many deserving immigrants


HIAS: Lieberman-Brownback Amendment Should Be Included in Immigration Reform

Posted on Wed, Apr 05, 2006 at 14:40 pm

The “Secure and Safe Detention and Asylum Act” Would Honor U.S. History of Welcoming Asylum Seekers Fleeing Persecution

(Washington, D.C.)- The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) calls on Congress as it considers critical immigration reform legislation in the coming days to use this unique opportunity to fix longstanding problems with U.S. asylum detention policies and practices. Senators Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) have proposed a solution that would ensure that individuals fleeing persecution and seeking safe haven in the


Refugee, Immigrant Policy Expert Elected HIAS President

Posted on Mon, Feb 27, 2006 at 14:35 pm

(New York City)- Jerome S. Teller, Chair of the Board of HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) announced today that Gideon Aronoff has been elected by the Board of Trustees to serve as president and chief executive officer. Aronoff joined HIAS in 2000 and has served with distinction as its vice president for governmental relations and public policy and director of the organization's Washington, D.C. office.

HIAS, the country's oldest refugee, rescue and resettlement agency currently celebrating its 125th anniversary, is delighted


Letter from the CEO

Posted on Fri, Jul 07, 2006 at 14:03 pm

by Gideon Aronoff, HIAS President and CEO

In 2006 we celebrated our quasquicentennial – that’s 125 years of rescue, resettlement, and reunion. One hundred and twenty-five is a remarkable milestone for any organization, but for HIAS and the American Jewish community, it was an accomplishment of which we were immensely proud.

We derived our mission from the teaching Kol Yisrael Arevim Ze ba Ze (all Jews are responsible, one for the other), the Torah’s injunction to welcome the stranger and


Religious Leaders to Discuss Immigration Reform at Interfaith Conference

Posted on Tue, Jul 11, 2006 at 13:57 pm

Set for Wed., July 12 in Washington

Hundreds of national religious leaders will converge on Capitol Hill Wed., July 12, to discuss the impact of faith perspectives on the immigration policy debate. “Faith and Migration: Diverse Perspectives from Religious Leaders” will examine the bipartisan, religious grounds for comprehensive immigration reform. Speakers include Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, Reverend Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Rabbi Steve Gutow, of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

The conference continues the momentum of


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