Press Releases

Passover's lessons for U.S. immigration policies

Posted on Fri, Apr 06, 2007 at 11:27 am

by Gideon Aronoff
Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)

The recent immigration raids in New Bedford, Mass., where nearly 200 children were left stranded when their parents, who otherwise were lawful workers, were arrested and shipped off to detention centers in Texas and other distant states reinforce the essential failure of America's immigration policies.

With the introduction in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 22 of the bipartisan STRIVE Act – Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy – Congress again is


HIAS: America needs sound policy, not politicking, to fix immigration system

Posted on Fri, Apr 13, 2007 at 11:23 am

(Washington, D.C.)– Responding to the Bush administration’s recent immigration proposal, HIAS – the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society – expressed disappointment that the administration has backed away from its 2006 plan and instead has offered a proposal that undermines the possibility of workable, fair and humane immigration reform.

“While we are encouraged by President Bush’s continued interest in getting a bill done this year, as evidenced by his speech earlier this week in Yuma, Ariz., the White House proposal is not consistent


Argentina and other South American countries opening their doors to refugees

Posted on Mon, Apr 16, 2007 at 11:10 am

Source: UNHCR

(Buenos Aires, Argentina)– Mauricio* smiles as his young daughter plays with a cuddly toy in their small, cosy apartment in Buenos Aires. His wife Liliana* tells visitors excitedly about her hopes of working in a beauty salon. Only a small map of Colombia in a corner of the room hints at the suffering that Mauricio, Liliana and their three children have been through to get here.

The family are among a number of Colombians who are being resettled in third


HIAS: Strive Act a Real Step Toward Achieving Sensible Immigration Reform

Posted on Tue, Apr 17, 2007 at 11:09 am

(Washington, D.C.)- Today, HIAS - the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society - praises and thanks Representatives Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) for their efforts to come up with a workable, sensible, and humane immigration reform plan that lives up to America's tradition as a welcoming nation.

The STRIVE Act of 2007, a bipartisan bill introduced by Representatives Flake and Gutierrez, combines the promise of legal status for people who have a record of contributing to the nation's economy and communities,


Letter from the CEO

Posted on Mon, Apr 23, 2007 at 11:06 am

by Gideon Aronoff, HIAS President and CEO

In 2006 we celebrated our quasquicentennial this year – 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 is an accomplishment of which to be 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


HIAS Calls for CNN to Fire Lou Dobbs After Comparisons to Nazis

Posted on Fri, Apr 27, 2007 at 11:01 am

(New York City)– HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which has helped more than 4.5 million people in its 125-year history, is calling for the dismissal of Lou Dobbs, the CNN personality, who on Monday suggested that immigrant rights groups use propaganda tactics reminiscent of the Third Reich.

“Comparisons to Nazis – especially in this day and age – are abhorrent,” said Gideon Aronoff, president and CEO of HIAS. “Mr. Dobbs has crossed the line between responsible television commentary and


HIAS Welcomes Senate Compromise Immigration Package as Starting Point

Posted on Mon, May 21, 2007 at 10:59 am

by Gideon Aronoff, President and CEO

Amendments Necessary to Fulfill Promise of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

HIAS – the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society – welcomes the announcement that President Bush and Senate Republicans and Democrats have come together to deal with the issue of earned legalization for immigrants working and contributing to our society. While we feel that it is essential that this debate move forward, HIAS remains extremely concerned about a number of provisions that undermine family reunification and fail to create


Famed Russian-American Violinst Albert Markov Keynote speaker at HIAS Scholarship Ceremony June 4

Posted on Thu, May 31, 2007 at 10:51 am

Performer and Teacher, Markov was a HIAS Immigrant
Recipients include 61 from New York; 45 from California; 7 from Illinois; 7 from Ohio

(New York City)– One hundred and fifty immigrant students from all over the world now living in the United States will be awarded scholarships from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in a ceremony June 4 in Manhattan. HIAS immigrant and world-famous violinist Albert Markov is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the event.

Markov immigrated to the United


Head of Boston Technology Investment Firm elected new Chair at HIAS

Posted on Wed, Jun 06, 2007 at 10:47 am

Board of Directors Updated at Annual Meeting

(New York City)– The head of a Boston technology investment firm has been named chair of the board of directors of HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, at the organization’s annual meeting here June 4. With offices on five of the world’s continents and headquartered in New York City, HIAS has helped to rescue and resettle more than 4.5 million refugees since it began operations in 1881.

“I am truly honored to be taking this


HIAS Commends Senate for Protecting Asylum Seekers But Disappointed that Family Amendments Were Defeated

Posted on Thu, Jun 07, 2007 at 10:41 am

(New York City)– HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, commends the U.S. Senate for passing Senator Joseph Lieberman’s (I-Conn.) amendment to the comprehensive immigration reform bill that affords protections to asylum seekers. Last night, the Senate voted to pass the amendment, titled the “Secure and Safe Detention and Asylum Act,” by unanimous consent, meaning no senator had objections to the amendment.

“By unanimously passing this amendment, the Senate has sent a strong signal reaffirming this nation’s obligation to treat asylum seekers


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