Posted on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 14:08 pm
On April 17, a bipartisan group of 8 Senators introduced The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The bill would provide a path to citizenship for the majority of the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S. The bill also includes several important asylum and refugee provisions, including the elimination of the one-year filing deadline for asylum seekers, eliminating family reunification barriers for asylees and refugees, and authorizing streamlined processing of certain high
Posted on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 10:36 am
On March 21st, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) reintroduced the Refugee Protection Act in the Senate and House of Representatives. The bill repeals some of the obstacles facing refugees and asylum seekers seeking safety in the United States. Senator Leahy said, "As we address the many complex issues that face our immigration system, we must ensure that America upholds its longstanding commitment to refugee protection." Learn more.
Posted on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 10:31 am
On April 10th, thousands of immigration activists gathered in Washington, DC to urge Congress to fix our country's broken immigration system. This event -- the A10 rally -- brought together community, labor, faith, and immigrant rights supporters, all advocating for the passage of immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship. To prepare for this event, We Were Strangers, Too: The Jewish Campaign for Immigration Reform hosted a dinner on April 9th for the Jewish community to hear
Posted on Thu, Apr 04, 2013 at 11:07 am
On April 10th, immigration advocates will convene at a large rally in Washington, as well as at other events across the country, to urge Congress to fix our nation's broken immigration system. In conjunction with these events, HIAS and the We Were Strangers, Too Jewish Campaign for Immigration Reform will be holding an event in Washington to showcase the Jewish community's involvement on immigration, share stories and best practices in immigration advocacy, and learn what we can do to pressure
Posted on Thu, Apr 04, 2013 at 11:03 am
This week the AP Stylebook announced its decision to drop its use of the term "illegal immigrant." The AP said that "'illegal' should describe only an action, such as living in or immigration to a country illegally," rather than a person. This is a major victory for the "Drop the I-Word" campaign, which notes that using the word "illegal" to describe a person opens the door to racial profiling and violence and prevents respectful debate on immigration. Learn
Posted on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:15 am
The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission held a hearing entitled "The Worsening Plight of Religious Minorities in Iran" on Friday, March 15. Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, and Dr. Katrina Lantos-Swett, Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, were among the witnesses. The hearing addressed the continuing deterioration of religious freedom in Iran and highlighted the plight of Baha'is and Christians. Among her recommendations regarding the situation, Dr. Lantos Swett encouraged Congress to
Posted on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:12 am
As Congress gets closer to drafting and unveiling a bill on immigration reform, experts are discussing some of the major obstacles and concerns. This week, the Migration Policy Institute hosted the event Avoiding the Pitfalls on the Road to Reform: Issues that Must Be Addressed to Build an Effective US Immigration System to discuss some of the issues that need to be addressed in order to effectively reform the US immigration system. Learn more.
Posted on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 10:37 am
HIAS and the We Were Strangers, Too: Jewish Campaign for Immigration Reform are circulating a petition to President Obama and Congress, urging them to fix the country's broken immigration system in a way that reflects our history as a nation of immigrants and meets today's security and economic needs. The petition outlines several priorities for immigration reform, including "fixing the broken system for admitting and integrating refugees and asylum seekers who have fled persecution to build new lives
Posted on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 10:34 am
Earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano laid out her vision for immigration reform at the JCPA Plenum in Washington, DC. Secretary Napolitano identified three areas for nonpartisan reform: increase the number of visas to make it easier to come to the U.S. legally, expand an employment verification system to "deal with the demand of illegal labor as we also deal with the supply," and deal fairly with those who are here "so they can get
Posted on Thu, Mar 07, 2013 at 10:39 am
Last month, the Alliance for Citizenship launched a three-week national bus tour that will bring more than 500 family members to 19 states and 100 congressional districts, demanding immigration reform and calling for a path to citizenship. In addition, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) has launched a map to track events across the country such as educational forums, prayer vigils, press conferences, and other creative actions to urge decision-makers to enact immigration reform that prioritizes family unity and creates a
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