Press Releases

HIAS Lauds Today's House Passage of SSI Extension: Measure will help thousands of elderly and disabled Jewish refugees

Posted on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 15:46 pm

(Washington, D.C.)– HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds the House of Representatives for passing the SSI Extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act today. The legislation now moves to the White House for the President’s signature.

Once the legislation is signed into law, tens of thousands of humanitarian migrants – including aged and/or disabled Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union – who have lost their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will qualify for two additional years


HIAS Lauds Passage of Religious Worker Visa Program Extension

Posted on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 15:40 pm

(Washington, D.C.)– HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, applauds the passage of a bill this weekend extending the Religious Worker Visa Program (RWVP), portions of which were scheduled to expire on September 30. The RWVP is extended through March 6, 2009, when several other immigration provisions also will be considered for a longer extension.

Under this important program, up to 5,000 permanent immigrant visas are available each year for religious workers employed by a broad range of religious denominations and organizations.


HIAS Applauds Signing of SSI Extension Into Law: Measure will help thousands of elderly and disabled Jewish refugees

Posted on Thu, Oct 02, 2008 at 15:39 pm

(Washington, D.C.)– HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds the President for signing the SSI Extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act. As a result, tens of thousands of humanitarian migrants – including elderly and/or disabled Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union – who have lost their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) because they were not able to become citizens within seven years of entering the United States, will now qualify for two or three


No Longer Your Grandparents' HIAS

Posted on Fri, Dec 05, 2008 at 15:29 pm

(New York, NY)— Mia Farrow, renowned actress and activist, presented HIAS board members and friends with a high-level briefing on the humanitarian crisis in Chad yesterday at an event that highlighted HIAS’ non-traditional refugee work. As the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, HIAS not only works with Jewish refugees wherever they are in trouble, but is the only Jewish organization with staff on the ground in Chad providing Darfuri refugees with much needed psycho-social services.

Farrow, who is


HIAS Helps Israel Establish Refugee Guidelines for Growing Number of Arriving Africans

Posted on Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 15:29 pm

(Tel Aviv, Israel)– In one of the great ironies of 21st century life, Israel, established 60 years ago as a refuge for the tattered remnants of Europe’s Jewry, has now become a destination for Africans fleeing conflict in places like Darfur and the horn of Africa. Since late 2005, when an Israeli court determined that those seeking refuge in Israel could no longer be automatically detained – at roughly the same time that Egyptian police massacred Sudanese refugees demonstrating in


Progress By Pesach Launches Call For Immediate Immigration Reform: Grassroots campaign taps pro-immigration sentiment in America

Posted on Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 15:27 pm

(New York, NY)– For far too long, immigration issues have been seen as the “third rail” of legislative life in Washington, DC. As of today, HIAS is leading a long list of national and local Jewish organizations in making “not passing legislation the third rail of Washington politics,” according to Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community.

Placing immigration reform at the top of the new government’s agenda is the goal of


HIAS Praises Report Exposing Anti-Immigration Groups as Vehicles of Racist Fringe

Posted on Fri, Feb 06, 2009 at 15:24 pm

(New York, NY)– Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, today praised the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for their report that exposes three organizations responsible for blocking comprehensive immigration reform in 2007 and earlier, as part of a network of groups created by John Tanton, a retired Michigan ophthalmologist who has been at the heart of the movement to reduce or eliminate legal immigration and refugee resettlement for decades.

“This report


Gideon Aronoff Elected Chair of National Immigration Forum: Organization is leading immigrant advocacy group in country

Posted on Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 15:16 pm

(New York, NY)– Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, today was elected chair of the National Immigration Forum, the leading immigrant advocacy organization in the United States. Established in 1982, the Forum advocates for immigrants and immigration, and seeks to maintain the traditions of safe, legal, and orderly immigration that strengthens the nation.

As chair, Aronoff will take the lead position on the board of directors – comprised of advocacy leaders


HIAS Applauds Extension of Two Laws that Aid Jewish Community: "Lautenberg Amendment" and Religious Worker Visa Program

Posted on Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 15:14 pm

(New York, NY)– HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds the extension of two pieces of legislation this week that positively impact the Jewish community in this country.

With his signing into law of the omnibus spending bill on Wednesday, the President extended the “Lautenberg Amendment,” the provision of law that facilitates the processing of refugee applications for Jews, Evangelicals, Christians, and several other categories of individuals from the Former Soviet Union, in addition to Jews, Baha’is,


Broad Jewish Community Support Leads to Call for Immigration Reform in 2009

Posted on Wed, Apr 01, 2009 at 15:01 pm

Representatives of all four streams of Judaism applaud DHS Reevaluation of Raids and Deliver Petition to White House Asking for the President’s Support for Humane Immigration Laws

(Washington, DC)– Jewish leaders and rabbis from all four major streams of Judaism will come together on April 2 in Washington, DC to deliver thousands of petition signatures that recognize the harm raids have caused to our communities and stress the urgency of passing immigration reform. In light of recent positive remarks from the


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