Immigration in the News

Ruthless Kidnapping Rings Reach From Desert Sands to U.S. Cities

Posted on Mon, Mar 04, 2013 at 14:05 pm

This Wall Street Journal article offers a chilling look into the human smuggling rings that capture Eritrean refugees as they cross Eritrea's border in order to extort family members in Africa, Europe, and the U.S. Those kidnapped endure torture and rape and -- if their family members can't pay -- are found mutilated and dead in the desert or simply "disappear."


Refugees plant roots in Pittsburgh

Posted on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 16:34 pm

The work of Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh, one of HIAS' affiliates, was featured in an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Israel Grapples With Influx of Africans as Tensions Grow

Posted on Mon, Jul 09, 2012 at 17:55 pm

 The Wall Street Journal this weekend covered the ongoing efforts by the Israeli government to round up and repatriate South Sudanese migrants.


First Global Attitudinal Survey of Refugee-Serving NGOs Published

Posted on Mon, Jul 02, 2012 at 14:04 pm

Last week, ORAM marked World Refugee Day and Pride Month by publishing Opening Doors. Focused on LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers, Opening Doors is the first and only attitudinal survey of international refugee NGOs on any topic.


Israel Prize laureates, academics & public figures sign letter demanding Israel halt state-sponsored incitement against asylum seekers

Posted on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 16:17 pm

Late last week a group of Israel Prize laureates, academics, and public figures signed a letter demanding that Israel’s leaders halt state-sponsored incitement against asylum seekers in Israel and at least temporarily integrate the largely African group into the nation’s workforce. They did so in the strongest of terms, invoking the oft-repeated biblical commandment to “welcome the stranger,” and pointing out that Israel was a nation founded by refugees.

Following is HIAS’ translation of the letter. You also can read the 


6 Voices for 6 Decades

Posted on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 11:46 am

To mark their 60th anniversary and the first "Refugee Congress" on August 3 - 4, 2011, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) created this video, which features six compelling refugee stories spanning six decades. Learn more.


Goodbye to All That

Posted on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 19:07 pm

This article and podcast from Tablet describe what it's like for Venezuelan Jews today under the presidency of Hugo Chávez, and why so many Jews—both young and old—are leaving the country that, for some, has been their families' home for generations.


Move swiftly on refugee measure: Lamar Smith should reopen the pipeline for Iranian refugees

Posted on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 16:16 pm

Saturday's editorial in the San Antonio Express-News, Rep. Lamar Smith's hometown paper, called on Smith to reverse his current stance on the Lautenberg Amendment and instead renew it as soon as possible.


Deportations Leave Behind Thousands Of Children In Foster Care

Posted on Thu, Nov 03, 2011 at 12:46 pm

The latest victims of anti-immigrant legislation: children who are American citizens. http://huff.to/vie52q


First Person Detained Under Alabama Immigration Law Was In U.S. Legally

Posted on Wed, Oct 05, 2011 at 14:25 pm

As reported in the Huffington Post, implementation of Alabama's strict new immigration law has already run into problems.


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