Press Releases

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


Immigration Framework a Positive Step Toward Workable Immigration Reform

Posted on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 20:56 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, applauds Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) for strengthening the prospects for immigration reform by introducing a framework for comprehensive legislation.

The framework includes a pathway to citizenship for eligible undocumented immigrants; clears the family backlog; improves detention standards; creates a commission to regulate employment-based visas according to the labor market; has strong enforcement measures; and includes key provisions such as the DREAM Act, AgJobs, and most sections of


Leading Immigration Agency Releases Statement in Response to Arizona Governor's Signing of Controversial Immigration Bill

Posted on Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 19:36 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish Community, issued the following statement from Gideon Aronoff, President and CEO, in response to Governor Jan Brewer’s signing of Arizona’s Immigration; Law Enforcement; Safe Neighborhoods Act (SB 1070):

“We are deeply dismayed by the signing of SB 1070. Governor Brewer’s decision this afternoon undermines the very notion of equality we uphold as Americans, as it will force all Arizonans – U.S. citizens, legal immigrants, and undocumented immigrants –


HIAS Chief Attends White House Ceremony: Gratified by President Obama's Strong Pro-Immigration Remarks

Posted on Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 14:50 pm

(New York, NY) – Gideon Aronoff, President and CEO of HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish Community, was present as an invited guest at today’s Rose Garden ceremony swearing-in 24 immigrant members of the U.S. military as citizens. It was a particularly poignant event for Aronoff in light of the fact that HIAS just learned of the recent death of Lt. Steve (Slava) Zilberman, a navy pilot who died while on a return mission from Afghanistan to


HIAS to Governor Brewer: Veto Immigration Bill; "Bill would force all Arizonans to live under a cloud of suspicion and fear"

Posted on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 16:05 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, strongly opposes the Immigration; Law Enforcement; Safe Neighborhoods Act, SB 1070, currently before the Arizona legislature, and today urged Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill when it reaches her desk.

According to Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS, “If passed, this pending legislation would do more harm than good. The Jewish community has long called on our national leaders to reform our immigration


HIAS Joins 200,000 Advocates in Washington, DC to Rally for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: HIAS Participates in Events to Unify the Jewish Community on Immigration Reform

Posted on Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:55 pm

(New York, NY) – With Passover, the Jewish holiday of freedom starting next week, HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, joined an estimated 200,000 advocates on Sunday, March 21, 2010 in Washington, DC to ask Congress and the Administration to move forward on passing comprehensive immigration reform. For the last several months HIAS has worked as part of We Were Strangers, Too: the Jewish campaign for immigration reform, to ensure a strong Jewish presence at the


HIAS Strongly Supports the Refugee Protection Act

Posted on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 17:48 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, strongly supports the Refugee Protection Act of 2010, introduced today by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Carl Levin (D-MI). The legislation marks the 30th anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980, which established procedures for the U.S. to live up to its obligations to refugees and asylum seekers under the 1951 U.N. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.

According to Gideon


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