Press Releases

HIAS Scholars 2011 Competition Opens: Application Deadline is March 15, 2011

Posted on Wed, Feb 02, 2011 at 14:55 pm

(New York, NY) – The annual scholarship competition sponsored by HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, has opened and is accepting applications for 2011. HIAS-assisted refugees who immigrated to the United States are eligible to apply.

This year, the HIAS scholarship program, first introduced in 1974, has become HIAS Scholars, a program devoted to advancing participants’ higher education goals while engaging them in community building.

According to Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS: “The introduction of HIAS Scholars


HIAS Shocked and Saddened by Senseless Tragedy in Tucson

Posted on Sun, Jan 09, 2011 at 12:50 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS mourns the loss of innocent lives in Saturday's shooting in Arizona and prays for the injured and their families.

Says Gideon Aronoff, President and CEO of HIAS: "The Jewish community is proud of Congresswoman Giffords' thoughtful, principled, and humane approach to the complex issue of immigration and values her contributions to the Congress and the country."

HIAS also honors the legacy of Judge John Roll, specifically in the field of immigration law.


HIAS Deeply Disappointed with Failure of Congress to Enact Dream Act

Posted on Sat, Dec 18, 2010 at 11:31 am

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, is deeply disappointed at today’s failure to vote “yes” on the cloture vote to enable the passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act in this Congress. If passed, the DREAM Act would have provided 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 high school and continue


HIAS Exhorts Senate to Vote "Yes" on Cloture Vote

Posted on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 13:29 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, strongly urges the Senate to do the right thing tomorrow by voting “yes” on the cloture vote to enable the passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act in this Congress. 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 an


HIAS Urges Passage of Bill Preserving Lifeline to Elderly and Disabled Refugees

Posted on Fri, Dec 03, 2010 at 11:43 am

(New York, NY) – As the United Nations and world community pause today to recognize the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, strongly urges Congress to take immediate action to protect disabled refugees by passing a one-year extension of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits so that vulnerable refugees can continue to receive their life-sustaining support for an additional year.

According to Melanie Nezer, HIAS Senior Director, US Programs & Advocacy: “Many


Election May Have Long-Range Impact on Immigration Reform

Posted on Thu, Nov 04, 2010 at 12:05 pm

(New York, NY) – As the result of Tuesday’s elections, it is not anticipated that Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) will be a priority for the next Congress, according to a panel of experts at HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, who convened yesterday for an Insider Briefing for its constituents. Though immigration was not the decisive issue in Tuesday’s national election, where the economy was foremost on voters’ minds, it played a major role especially


HIAS Scores High on Forward 50 List

Posted on Mon, Nov 01, 2010 at 16:17 pm

(New York, NY) – If ever there was doubt about the contributions of immigrants to this country, this year’s Forward 50 dispels that. Each year, the Forward newspaper lists “men and women who have made a significant impact on the Jewish story in a Jewish way.” This year’s list includes four HIAS ex-clients, three from the Former Soviet Union. And since, there is hardly a Jewish family in the U.S., which has not been touched by HIAS, no doubt


HIAS Applauds Menendez Immigration Bill

Posted on Sun, Oct 03, 2010 at 12:53 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for the introduction late last week of a sensible bill to provide a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system.

“The bill would require undocumented immigrants to register, go through background checks, pay taxes, and study English on their way to becoming U.S. citizens,” says Melanie Nezer, HIAS’ Senior Director for U.S. Policy and Advocacy. The bill would


HIAS Disappointed with Senate's Failure to Vote on DREAM Act

Posted on Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 16:39 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, is disappointed at the Senate’s failure to gather the votes needed to move forward on the DREAM Act, a bipartisan proposal that is a sensible and humane response to the needs of vulnerable young immigrant students and the communities in which they live.

According to Melanie Nezer, HIAS’ Senior Director for U.S. Policy and Advocacy, many of the 50,000-65,000 undocumented students who graduate from American high schools


HIAS Receives Major Recognition from U.S. Government: Commendation for work and $450,000 grant for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Posted on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, received two major recognitions from the U.S. government in as many days.

Yesterday, the agency received the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Director’s Award for Effective Interagency Cooperation. The award recognizes HIAS’ contributions to the Israeli government’s refugee status determination program (RSD). Receiving the award simultaneously were the Israeli Government’s Ministry of Interior (MOI), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),


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