Press Releases

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


HIAS Disappointed in Collapse of Senate Immigration Reform Process; Calls on White House and Congress to Cross the Finish Line a

Posted on Fri, Jun 08, 2007 at 10:40 am

Statement From: Gideon Aronoff, President and CEO

Last night, the United States Senate failed to produce a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would have given hope to the millions of separated families and undocumented workers living in the shadows, made our borders more secure, and brought order to our broken, dysfunctional immigration system. We are extremely disappointed that the Senate was unable to overcome politics to produce the kind of solution that this nation deserves.

We commend those Senators who stood their


Senate Inaction On Comprehensive Immigration Reform: A Loss For America; A Win For No One

Posted on Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 10:34 am

by Gideon Aronoff, President and CEO

HIAS – the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society – is extremely disappointed in the Senate’s failure to move forward with a comprehensive immigration bill that would have helped millions of immigrants and their families. Giving way to partisan politics, the Senate blocked an opportunity to change the status quo of illegality, exploitation, and human suffering. Instead of delivering a real solution, the Senate delivered a huge blow to making progress.

While we are deeply disappointed that so


400 National, State, Local Organizations Urge Congress To Extend Benefits To Vulnerable Refugees

Posted on Mon, Jul 02, 2007 at 10:21 am

A HIAS-Led Effort

(Washington, D.C.)– A group of nearly 400 national, state and local organizations organized by HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, is urging Congress to support the “SSI Extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act.”

The bill provides a two-year extension of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility for elderly and disabled refugees, as well as a provision to cover those who lost benefits prior to enactment of the legislation.The bill will also ensure that refugees who are making efforts to


Mean-Spirited State and Local Ordinances Not the Solution to Immigration Reform

Posted on Fri, Jul 27, 2007 at 9:57 am

HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, applauds the July 26th ruling by a federal judge in Scranton, Pa. against the City of Hazleton in a landmark challenge (Lozano v. City of Hazleton) to local immigration-related ordinances aimed at punishing landlords, employers and immigrants. This decision represents a victory of common sense over vitriol during a time when states and localities are feeling the pressure to react to congressional inaction on immigration reform.

Facing a vacuum of leadership from Congress on fixing


Al HaMishmar—Jews Must Still Remain On Guard, Says HIAS' New Chair

Posted on Mon, Aug 13, 2007 at 9:51 am

(New York City) – The head of a Boston technology investment firm who was named chair of the board of directors of HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, in June – warned in his first address to the board that the American Jewish community must remain Al HaMishmar (on guard) because of ongoing issues around the world.

“In this ever shrinking planet, still sadly engaged in genocide and oppression, HIAS expresses the Jewish value: I am my brother’s keeper,”


Bush Administration Throws In The Towel With Immigration Enforcement

Posted on Wed, Aug 15, 2007 at 9:48 am

Non-comprehensive approach disastrously lopsided;
does not create a system America deserves

(Washington, D.C.) – The enforcement-only immigration reform proposal released last week by the Bush administration effectively demonstrates the White House’s surrender to the contentious issue of truly comprehensive immigration reform, according to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS).

“We are alarmed that the Bush administration, which has all along touted the absolute necessity to comprehensively reform our immigration system, has decided to pursue a course that disregards the many fundamental


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