Press Releases

HIAS Applauds Extension of DED for Liberians

Posted on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 15:59 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds the Obama Administration’s announcement earlier this week to extend Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians in the United States. Without this extension, DED would have expired on September 30th – it now will continue through May 2013.

The U.S. government first granted Liberians temporary authorization to remain in the U.S. in the wake of the 1989 civil war in Liberia. For nearly 20


HIAS Scholarship Program 2011 Distributes $330,000 to 139 Deserving Students

Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 15:59 pm

(New York, NY) – This year, on the 130th anniversary of its founding, HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, is distributing $330,000 in scholarship awards to 139 deserving immigrants in the U.S. and Israel. HIAS’ annual scholarships were initiated in 1974 and have since grown into a robust program that has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships to more than 3,500 HIAS-assisted immigrants to help fund their higher education.

Building on its 37-year-track record, the scholarship


HIAS Strongly Supports Reintroduction of Refugee Protection Act

Posted on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, strongly supports the Refugee Protection Act of 2011, introduced today by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and co-sponsored by Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Companion legislation will be introduced today in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.). The legislation, originally introduced last year to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1980 Refugee Act, now marks the 60th anniversary of


HIAS Applauds Extension and Re-Designation of TPS to Haiti

Posted on Wed, May 18, 2011 at 21:04 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds the extension and re-designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians in the United States.

TPS is a provision of U.S. immigration law that allows the Administration to grant temporary refuge to a designated group of individuals in the United States. TPS may be granted to nationals of a country if conditions in the country pose a danger to personal safety due to ongoing armed


HIAS Applauds Introduction of the DREAM Act

Posted on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 11:34 am

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA-28) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-18) for their introduction of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act in both the House and the Senate.  If passed, the DREAM Act would provide a six-year path to a green card for undocumented children brought to the U.S. more than five years ago if they graduate from


URGENT NOTICE for Jewish and Other Religious Minorities Applying for Refugee Status from Iran and the Former Soviet Union (FSU)

Posted on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 13:15 pm

On Friday, April 15, 2011 President Obama signed into law the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1473) which funds the U.S. government until September 30, 2011. This new law, however, also contains an extension of the Lautenberg Amendment to help Jewish and certain other religious minorities applying for refugee status from Iran and the former Soviet Union but only for applications received by the US Refugee Program in Moscow and Vienna by June 1, 2011.

As before, for the Vienna program, members of


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Posted on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 13:14 pm

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HIAS Strongly Urges U.S. Relatives of Those at Risk to Apply for Refugee Status Immediately

Posted on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, is gratified that an extension of the Lautenberg Amendment has been included in the FY2011 Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1473), signed into law today by President Obama. The Lautenberg Amendment, which facilitates the processing for U.S. refugee status for Jews and other historically persecuted religious minorities from Iran and the former Soviet Union (FSU), expired on October 1, 2010. It was attached to the CR through the


HIAS Gratified with June 1 Extension of Lautenberg Amendment

Posted on Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 18:46 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, is gratified that an extension of the Lautenberg Amendment has been included in the FY2011 Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1473), signed into law today by President Obama. The Lautenberg Amendment, which facilitates the processing for U.S. refugee status for Jews and other historically persecuted religious minorities from Iran and the former Soviet Union (FSU), expired on October 1, 2010. It was attached to the CR through the


Proposed Cuts in House Could Prove Disastrous to U.S. Refugee Program

Posted on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 14:35 pm

(New York, NY) – Cuts contained in the Continuing Resolution (CR) passed by the House of Representatives at the end of last week would bring the U.S. refugee program to the brink of disaster, if enacted.

The House of Representatives slashed the Migration and Refugee Assistance (MRA) account, which provides basic, life-saving assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons, by 45 percent from current funding levels. If this level of funding is enacted by Congress when the Senate returns from the


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