Posted by Gideon Aronoff on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 15:52 pm
Family is the cornerstone of Jewish history, education, and values. According to Jewish tradition, “kin and family resemble a heap of stones; if one stone is taken out of it, the whole collapses” (Genesis Rabbah). U.S. immigration law is in large measure guided by the value of family unity, and we as Jews believe that a fair and humane immigration system keeps families together.
Throughout our 130-year history, HIAS has advocated for a generous immigration system that honors both Jewish and
Posted by Liza Lieberman on Tue, Aug 09, 2011 at 11:51 am
HIAS strongly supports Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R-FL) legislation (H.R. 2763), introduced on August 4, 2011, to ensure that elderly and disabled refugees living in the United States do not lose vital public benefits. Under the new bill, qualified refugees who have very low or no other source of income would be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for up to nine years before becoming citizens.
SSI provides a modest stipend of approximately $674 per month
Putting It In Perspective: DREAM Students Ask 'Now What?'
Posted by Susannah Glick on Tue, Aug 09, 2011 at 9:56 am
When I think back to my earliest memories, I recall birthdays, Hanukah celebrations, and school plays from primary school. Everything before second grade seems to only exist in the memories and stories of my parents and relatives. Millions of young adults entered the U.S. during this gray area of their lives and their earliest memories are of life in America. These individuals were brought here at a young age by their parents who wanted them to have a better life.
Putting it in Perspective: The American Dream
Posted by Ilanit Sisso on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 16:46 pm
A little over five years ago, I was sitting in the convention center in Miami anxiously waiting to become a United States citizen. Last week, I had the privilege of witnessing the same event through a different lens when I attended a naturalization ceremony in Washington DC as a bystander. The new citizens had all made it from different corners of the world. Thirty people from Lebanon, Peru, China and 15 other countries sat eagerly while they
Putting it in Perspective: Refugees Becoming Successful Businesswomen
Posted by Jenny Fernandez on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 16:00 pm
As a junior at American University studying both international relations and business administration, I am constantly looking for ways to apply both aspects of my education to my internships. Throughout my time at HIAS, I have been given opportunities to attend meetings on Capitol Hill, at the Washington Times, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and many other incredible places to hear the latest discussions on a variety of current events. Attending these hearings, I noticed that no matter
Posted by Liza Lieberman on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm
Jewish organizations around the country are devoted to fighting for humane and just immigration reform. In Pennsylvania, HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Philadelphia have partnered with various other local advocacy groups to create the Pennsylvania Compact, a declaration of five principles to guide the state's immigration discussion and policy making. Inspired by the Utah Compact, which was signed in November of last year, the
Faces Behind the Immigration Spiel
Posted by Susannah Glick on Tue, Jul 05, 2011 at 11:56 am
When I began my internship with HIAS two weeks ago, I thought I knew a lot about immigration reform. I assumed that reading the daily news and following current events gave me a comprehensive look at our nation’s current immigration policies and political climate. However, now that I’m a few weeks into my summer internship at the HIAS-DC office, I realize that I had been missing a huge piece of the picture: the actual people being affected by
Posted by Gideon Aronoff on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 17:06 pm
As we prepare to celebrate our country’s 235th birthday on July 4th, I wanted to share one of my favorite pieces of the “Torah of Migration”–-an excerpt from President George Washington’s letter to the leaders of the Touro Synagogue of Newport, RI. In his 1790 letter President Washington wrote:
“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All
Putting it in Perspective: South Sudanese Independence
Posted by Jenny Fernandez on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm
When I started my internship at HIAS, I was sure that I could not possibly become any more excited about or interested in international events. In the past two years I’ve been to Hill hearings, taken classes on international relations and politics, and met with representatives from several different government agencies. However, even though I’ve only been at HIAS for three weeks, I’ve been introduced to an incredibly personal side of international relations through HIAS’ work on behalf
Putting Things into Perspective
Posted by Ilanit Sisso on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 9:41 am
After World War II, when much of the world had closed its doors to the Jewish people, Venezuela was one of the few countries that welcomed Jews from around the world with open arms. Growing up, I always heard the story of the Caribia and the Koenigstein, two German steamboats filled with Jewish refugees that had been allowed to enter into the country after they had been rejected from a number of other ports. The most notable part of this
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