Press Releases

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


Rabbis from all 4 Major Streams of Judaism and Congressmen Call on Congress and Administration to Pass Immigration Reform

Posted on Thu, Apr 02, 2009 at 14:57 pm

Progress by Passover, the Jewish grassroots immigration campaign, delivers thousands of petition signatures to the White House calling for immigration reform and not raids

(Washington, DC)– Armed with thousands of petitions, leaders from all four streams of Judaism called today for just and compassionate immigration reform. Representatives of Progress by Passover, a grassroots national Jewish campaign for immigration reform, strongly urged the administration and Congress to overhaul the broken immigration system, rather than relying exclusively on raids and other enforcement tactics


Refugee Needs Exceed Administration's 2007 Budget Request

Posted on Tue, Feb 07, 2006 at 11:46 am

Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) - the nation’s leading coalition of refugee resettlement, human rights, and humanitarian organizations - commends the White House for making refugee assistance a priority in the President’s fiscal year 2007 (FY07) budget proposal and urges Congress to build on the President’s budget submission by providing additional urgently needed resources to assist the world’s most vulnerable populations.

The President’s proposed increase for the Department of State’s Migration and Refugee Assistance (MRA) account comes as humanitarian assistance and protection


"When I Grow Up." HIAS Announces Theme for '06 Poster Contest

Posted on Fri, Jan 20, 2006 at 10:38 am

(New York City) - What do you want to be when you grow up? What goals and dreams do you hope to achieve as an adult here in the United States? These are questions that young immigrants from around the country are asked to answer artistically in the 2006 Poster Contest for Immigrant Youth.

This year marks the 12th year that HIAS - the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society - has sponsored the contest as a way to keep its


HIAS Launches Campaign to Preserve Immigrant Arrival Records

Posted on Wed, Dec 14, 2005 at 10:20 am


Phase I of massive project will cover largest Russian wave, 1960s-2000s

(New York City) – HIAS, Inc., the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, has begun a massive undertaking to digitally preserve millions of case files in its archives. The campaign to raise funds for the first phase of the project will be led by Genia Brin, a scientist working with NASA who, along with her family, was resettled in the United States with the assistance of HIAS.

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HIAS Decries Anti-Immigrant House Legislation

Posted on Mon, Dec 12, 2005 at 9:58 am

(New York City) – Refugee and immigration advocates are alarmed that the U.S. House of Representatives is expected this Wednesday to consider legislation that would make far-reaching changes to the United States immigration system, severely affecting both immigrants and asylum seekers.

“At a time when our country badly needs comprehensive reform of our immigration laws to address the problem of undocumented migration, the House appears to be heading towards a counterproductive “enforcement-only” approach to immigration and border security,” says


HIAS, Joined by Elie Wiesel, and National Interfaith Coalition, Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Posted on Fri, Oct 14, 2005 at 9:46 am

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and a coalition of Jewish and other faith organizations and leaders from across the religious and political spectrum issued an “Interfaith Statement in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”

With immigration reform and undocumented migration hot-button issues in Washington and around the United States, the faith community is calling on government leaders in the Administration and Congress, to come together in a bipartisan manner to address this pressing national problem.


The Figures Are In: HIAS Helped 2,170 Refugees Resettle In The USA In FY 2005

Posted on Tue, Oct 11, 2005 at 9:32 am

(New York, NY) – Of the 70,000 refugees targeted for admission into the United States for fiscal year 2005 (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30) 53,370 actually arrived, according to U.S. State Department figures. HIAS – the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society – assisted 2,170 of those refugees with their migration to the United States.

“We applaud the Bush administration for its efforts to provide these refugees with safe haven in the United States and urge the administration to admit even more in


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