Advocacy Updates

Senators Graham and Schumer Resume Talks on Immigration

Posted on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 11:12 am

In early November, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced that they will resume discussions about how to fix the U.S. immigration system. There has been a renewed focus in Washington on immigration reform in the wake of the Presidential election, in which President Obama won 71% of the Hispanic vote. The Senators have said that their plan would include previously-discussed components such as biometric ID cards, border security, temporary worker programs, and a path to citizenship


What Does the Election Mean for Immigration and Refugee Issues?

Posted on Fri, Nov 09, 2012 at 12:40 pm

In his victory speech, President Obama cited "fixing our immigration system" as one of the main areas of focus for his next term. Please join HIAS and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition for a conference call and webinar on Monday, November 12th at 4:00pm EST to learn more about the potential impact of the election on immigration reform. Contact Liza Lieberman for more information or to RSVP.


Join HIAS at the JFNA General Assembly in Baltimore

Posted on Fri, Nov 09, 2012 at 12:33 pm

The 2012 General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America will be held November 11-13 in Baltimore, MD. Each year, the GA brings together Federation members, national Jewish organizations, and volunteers to learn about and discuss critical issues facing our community. If you are attending this year's GA, make sure to visit the HIAS booth in the Exhibit Hall to meet our staff and learn about how to get involved in our work in the U.S. and around


ICE's 287(g) Agreements Extended through the End of the Year

Posted on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 14:48 pm

Earlier this month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it will temporarily extend all 287(g) agreements through the end of the year, in order to provide the agency with time to consider the program's future. The agreements, made between ICE and 57 state and local law enforcement agencies, deputize local officials to assist ICE in enforcing Federal immigration law. The program has come under fire because of accusations of racial profiling as well as inefficient allocation of resources, especially


Presidential Nominees Discuss Immigration in Town Hall Debate

Posted on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:41 am

In Tuesday night's town hall presidential debate, President Obama and Governor Romney were asked a question about immigration. Governor Romney said that "we welcome legal immigrants into this country." He expressed support for streamlining the legal system, issuing visas for immigrants with science and math degrees, stopping illegal immigration, and an employment verification system. He objected to "amnesty" and issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. He suggested that children who came to the U.S. illegally could have a pathway to


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Recipients Denied Comprehensive Health Care Coverage - Act Now

Posted on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy enacted by the White House this summer allows young people under 31 who were brought to the United States as children and are currently undocumented to apply for relief from deportation or removal proceedings for two years. While DACA would not provide a path to citizenship for young people, it allows them temporary lawful residence, work authorization, and certain state benefits like in-state tuition. However, the Obama administration has recently proposed that


Rep. Ellison Introduces Refugee Admissions Reform Bill

Posted on Thu, Oct 04, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) recently introduced the "Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act," which would reform the refugee resettlement program by bringing it up-to-date to meet the needs of refugees and the U.S. communities that welcome them. By streamlining refugee processing and ensuring coordination among the government agencies involved in refugee resettlement, the bill would help the U.S. respond to emergencies and offer safe haven to refugees without unnecessarily prolonging the admissions process. The bill also would build on successful programs that


Temporary Protected Status Extended for Haitians

Posted on Thu, Oct 04, 2012 at 12:49 pm

In September, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti for an additional 18 months, until July 22, 2014. Secretary Napolitano originally designated Haiti for TPS in January 2010 after major earthquakes devastated the country. Eligible individuals must have lived in the U.S. continuously since January 2010. In addition, DHS has extended the suspension of certain requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant Haitian students. This will enable eligible students to continue to obtain employment authorization,


National Immigration Integration Conference Convenes in Baltimore

Posted on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 15:21 pm

Next week the 5th annual National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) will take place in Baltimore, Maryland. Sponsored by the National Partnership for New Americans and hosted by CASA de Maryland, this will be the largest national conference to bring together immigrant integration leaders and advocates from across the country. It will be attended by a broad cross-section of experts on immigration and refugee policies, service providers, academics, government officials, and advocates. The program will focus on strengthening the systems and


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