Posted on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:13 am
We Jews are all refugees. That understanding is fundamental to our religion, and it is why we are commanded to relive the Exodus every year at our seder tables.For Passover 2013, HIAS offers you “We are All Refugees: A guide for 'welcoming the stranger’ to your seder table.” We hope this tool, created specifically to honor the refugees among us, will enrich your Passover experience with an additional layer of information and immediacy.
Posted on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 at 15:42 pm
(New York, NY) – Mark Hetfield, President & CEO of HIAS, was one of 14 leaders of faith-based organizations invited to meet with President Obama today to discuss his commitment to Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR). HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, was the only Jewish organization present at the meeting.
The President emphasized the great importance of CIR to his Administration and the faith groups in the dialogue agreed it is their highest priority.
Hetfield urged the
Posted on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 17:39 pm
(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, welcomes today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” as an important step toward fixing our country’s broken immigration system.
Especially gratifying were the remarks of Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), who cited examples such as the contributions of former HIAS client Sergey Brin of Google and Jerry Yang of Yahoo! to illustrate the importance of “encouraging family immigration to this country so that people who dream
Posted on Thu, Feb 07, 2013 at 16:14 pm
(New York, NY) – HIAS today released Resettlement at Risk: Meeting Emerging Challenges to Refugee Resettlement in Local Communities, a special report on the increasing resistance to refugee resettlement in communities across the country. The report, the first of its kind on the subject, was funded by a special grant from the J.M. Kaplan Fund.
This report comes on the heels of the President’s call for immediate comprehensive immigration reform and the bi-partisan framework proposed by eight senators, both
Posted on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 at 13:10 pm
(New York, NY) – Mark Hetfield today was named President & CEO of HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, effective immediately. The announcement was made by HIAS Chairman Marc Silberberg, following a unanimous vote by the HIAS Board of Directors. Hetfield was most recently HIAS’ Interim President & CEO while an extensive national and international search to fill the agency’s top position was conducted by a specially appointed board committee in collaboration with a search firm.
Posted on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 17:38 pm
(New York, NY) — HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds President Obama for his critically important speech today in Las Vegas. The President stated that “most Americans agree that it’s time to fix the system that’s been broken for way too long.” HIAS is appreciative that his plan includes dealing with the 11 million individuals who are here illegally with an earned pathway to citizenship and modernizing our legal immigration system so that families do not have
HIAS Welcomes Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Urges Reform of Refugee and Asylum Laws
Posted on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 14:20 pm
(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, welcomes the Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform released today with the support of Senators Schumer (D-NY), McCain (R-AZ), Durbin (D-IL), Graham (R-SC), Menendez (D-NJ), Rubio (R-FL), Bennet (D-CO), and Flake (R-AZ). While we await the actual legislative language, HIAS is grateful for the leadership of these senators and for their reaching agreement on key issues: There must be a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
Posted on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 11:56 am
(New York, NY) - HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, mourns the loss of Senator Arlen Specter, who died yesterday. For HIAS and Jews in America and around the world, the longtime senator from Pennsylvania will always be remembered for his dedication to Jewish rescue.
Senator Specter was a champion for legislation that helped thousands of Jews and other religious minorities who faced persecution for their religious beliefs find freedom and new lives in the United
HIAS Applauds Measure Allowing Jewish Community to Hire and Retain Critical Foreign Religious Workers
Posted on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 15:49 pm
(Washington, D.C.) – HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds the enactment today of a bill extending the Religious Worker Visa Program (RWVP), portions of which were scheduled to expire this weekend. The RWVP was extended for three years through September 30, 2015.
"This is an important step in ensuring that the Jewish community can keep the dedicated and experienced teachers and other foreign religious workers on whom we rely," said Mark Hetfield, President
HIAS Welcomes the Majority of Today's Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona's SB 1070; Continues to Push Congress for Federal Immigration Reform
Posted on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 11:41 am
(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, welcomes the portion of today’s Supreme Court decision in the case of Arizona v. United States that struck down three of the four challenged provisions of the Arizona law, but is very concerned that the Court upheld the provision that allows law enforcement agents to check the immigration status of people they detain.
According to Mark Hetfield, HIAS’ President and CEO (Interim), “Though we view the positive
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