Press Releases

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


HIAS: Another Opportunity Missed as Senate Fails to Pass DREAM Act

Posted on Thu, Oct 25, 2007 at 9:46 am

by Gideon Aronoff, President and CEO

HIAS – the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society – is extremely disappointed in the Senate’s failure yesterday to muster the votes needed to continue working out their differences on the DREAM Act, a bipartisan bill that would have give innocent children of undocumented immigrants the opportunity to further their education, get on a path to citizenship, and secure their futures in this country once and for all. In a 52-44 vote, the Senate was just 8


Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Issues New Asylum Policy; More Likely that Victims of Persecution will Remain in Jail

Posted on Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 9:42 am

HIAS calls on DHS to reverse course

Washington - HIAS – the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society – calls on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to rescind its new policy that makes it more difficult for non-criminal asylum seekers to be released from the jails and jail-like facilities used by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The new policy will not only increase detention costs to taxpayers, but will also further traumatize those who fled persecution in their homelands to seek


HIAS Archivist Receives National Humanities Medal: Colonel Seymour Pomrenze Honored

Posted on Wed, Nov 21, 2007 at 9:34 am

Seymour Pomrenze (3rd from right) is seen here with fellow Monuments Men, accepting the 2007 National Humanities Medal from President Bush.

(Washington, D.C.)– President George W. Bush awarded a 2007 National Humanities Medal to Colonel Seymour Pomrenze, HIAS’ Archivist and Historian, on November 15 during a ceremony held in the White House East Room. Pomrenze was one of nine Americans honored for their “exemplary contributions to the humanities” and for their efforts in preservation.

The National Humanities Medal, first awarded in 1989,


HIAS Opposes Two Immigration Acts Introduced Into the House

Posted on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 9:33 am

(New York, NY)– HIAS, the international immigration agency of the American Jewish community, opposes two measures recently introduced into the House of Representatives: the Save America through Verification and Enforcement Act (SAVE Act, H.R. 4088) and the New Employee Verification Act (H.R. 5515). It further strongly opposes the recent strategy proposed by supporters of the SAVE Act to bypass the committee process and move the bill directly to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote.

According to HIAS


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