Press Releases

HIAS to Receive Federal Grant for Citizenship Education Program: $450,000 Awarded from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Posted on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 11:45 am

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, has been selected to receive a grant totaling $450,000 as part of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas today announced that 75 organizations from 27 states and the District of Columbia have been selected to receive a total of $7.8 million in grants to promote citizenship education and immigrant integration in communities across the


U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Gives Prestigious Partnership Award to HIAS: For collaborative efforts with USCIS and the Israeli Ministry of the Interior in building an Israeli asylum system

Posted on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 13:52 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, today 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), and the U.S. Department of State.

In presenting the award to HIAS, USCIS Director


HIAS Urges Congress and Administration Not to Cut Off Elderly and Disabled Refugees from SSI: Exhorts Congress to renew benefit extension

Posted on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 10:09 am

(Washington, D.C) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, calls on Congress and the Administration to enact legislation immediately that extends assistance for up to 3,800 elderly and disabled refugees, asylees, and other humanitarian immigrants in the United States who are dependent on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to pay for food and shelter. Many of them are Jewish and HIAS clients from the former Soviet Union, Iran and other countries. The current two-year extension of SSI


HIAS Releases Statement in Response to Ruling by Federal Judge on Controversial Arizona Immigration Law

Posted on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 16:31 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish Community, issued the following statement from President and CEO Gideon Aronoff in response to U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's ruling today on Arizona's SB 1070:

"We commend Judge Bolton for calling into question the constitutionality of Arizona's ill-conceived immigration law. The law would cause all Arizonans to live under a cloud of suspicion and fear and lead to immigrant distrust of the police.

"While today’s news is encouraging, we


HIAS Poster Contest Now on View at Ellis Island: Art of immigrant youth on display for first time at national monument

Posted on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 14:48 pm

(New York, NY) – For the first time, HIAS’ annual Poster Contest for Immigrant Youth is on display at Ellis Island, part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Ellis Island was the nation’s premiere federal immigration station and is now a museum of immigration. Since 1995, HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, has sponsored an annual immigrant art poster contest. Winning posters from the 2009 annual contest will be on display on the main floor


Marc Silberberg Elected Chairman of HIAS

Posted on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 15:59 pm

(New York, NY) –  Marc Silberberg, of New York City, recently was elected Chairman of the Board of HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, at a board meeting held at Ellis Island. The meeting was held at the national monument dedicated to the history of American immigration to honor the organization’s nearly 130-year history and the importance of HIAS' role in helping refugees and immigrants in the United States and elsewhere.

Upon becoming HIAS’ Chairman, Silberberg said:

“As we approach


HIAS Commends President on His Common Sense Approach to Immigration and His Strong Exhortation for Congress to Act

Posted on Thu, Jul 01, 2010 at 13:56 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, praises President Obama for his first major immigration address and the strong statements he made today urging comprehensive immigration reform. In a statement made immediately following the speech, Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS, said:

“We greatly appreciate the common sense approach taken by President Obama as he encourages Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform. We agree with the President that the rule of law must


HIAS Commends Introduction of the HELP for Separated Children Act

Posted on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 17:44 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, commends Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Herb Kohl (D-WI) for introducing the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act.

There currently are 5.5 million children of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States. Four million of these children are legal citizens, yet they live in fear of their parents’ deportation. The mixed status of such families renders children vulnerable to a separation by the


Advocates Push DHS for Action as Situation in Haiti Remains Dire

Posted on Tue, May 11, 2010 at 14:37 pm

(Washington, DC) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, in partnership with members of the Haitian Diaspora and other immigrant rights advocacy organizations, met Monday afternoon with Department of Homeland Security and White House staff to push for more action on Haiti. While the U.S. government has responded to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti by offering Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians residing in the United States as of the date of the earthquake, advocates are


Nearly 90 Jewish Organizations and Individuals Condemn Arizona Immigration Law: Sign-on letter forwarded to congressional leaders today

Posted on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 14:40 pm

(New York, NY) – Nearly 90 prominent organizations and individuals in the American Jewish community delivered a letter this morning to congressional leaders strongly condemning the recently passed Arizona immigration law and calling upon Congress “to immediately introduce comprehensive immigration reform legislations with bi-partisan support that will provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented residents of our country and transform the current enforcement system into one that is both effective and humane.”

The letter represents the


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