Posted on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 at 14:16 pm
Last week, President Obama released the White House's priorities for immigration reform in a Las Vegas speech. His remarks came a day after a bipartisan group of Senators released their framework for comprehensive immigration reform. Both plans call for creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented students and shorter wait times for families awaiting reunification in the U.S. Check out HIAS' statement on the Senate framework and read a transcript of the President's speech.
Posted on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 10:19 am
On January 22nd, the first day that bills could be introduced in the 113th Congress, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) reintroduced the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act along with Michael Crapo (R-ID) and ten other co-sponsors. The bill would strengthen programs that assist victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and includes provisions specifically aimed at protecting immigrants. Learn more.
Posted on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 10:12 am
In his second inaugural address on January 21, President Obama called for immigration reform during his second term. The President said, "Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country." Learn more and read the transcript of the President's speech.
Posted on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 10:32 am
The intensifying humanitarian crisis in Syria has forced more than half a million Syrians to leave the country and displaced at least two million people within Syria. HIAS participated in several high-level meetings on the situation this week and attended a briefing sponsored by the Migration Policy Institute and the International Rescue Committee entitled "A Bleak Winter: Providing Needed Aid to Those Fleeing Conflict in Syria." Learn more.
Posted on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 10:24 am
Last week, HIAS participated in "The Haitian Diaspora: Addressing the Plight of Haitians in the U.S. and Caribbean," an event sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Americans for Immigrant Justice. U.S. government officials, refugee advocacy organizations, and resettlement agencies convened to discuss the impact of U.S. immigration laws on Haitian families, detention and deportation of Haitians, and coalition-building within the Haitian community. Learn more.
Posted on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 11:21 am
This week, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released "Immigration Enforcement in the U.S.: the Rise of a Formidable Machinery," which reports that more than $18 billion federal tax dollars were spent on immigration enforcement last year. Also, earlier this month, MPI released "International Protection for a Newly Surfacing Refugee Community," which reports on refugees who have been persecuted because of their sexual orientation. Learn more.
Posted on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 11:00 am
On January 14th, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) will host a national teleconference and webinar to discuss the developing field strategy for immigration reform legislation in the 113th Congress. The webinar will include analysis of recent announcements by the Administration, legislative updates, state and local updates, voices from the field, and a discussion about coordination and grassroots strategy. Please join HIAS and the IIC for this opportunity to learn how you can get involved in pushing for legislative reform. Contact
Posted on Tue, Jan 08, 2013 at 10:26 am
The final rule posted in the Federal Register establishes a new process for certain individuals to apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers without leaving the United States. This change allows certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are physically present in the United States and are seeking permanent residence to apply for and receive provisional unlawful presence waivers before departing the U.S. for consular processing of their immigrant visa applications abroad. This new process will reduce the amount of time
Posted on Tue, Jan 08, 2013 at 10:22 am
The Migration Policy Institute has highlighted the top ten migration issues in 2012. Among them are the Obama Administration's issuance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides a two-year reprieve from deportation for eligible unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Also included are the surge of unaccompanied minors to the U.S. in 2012 and the results of the 2012 election and polls indicating that the majority of voters support giving most unauthorized immigrants
Posted on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 9:57 am
Black immigrants currently make up about 8% of the foreign born population in the United States, numbering 3 million people. However, as one of the smaller immigrant groups compared to Asians and Latinos, they don't figure prominently in conversations about immigration reform. This group is extremely diverse, coming from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and Canada, with most arriving as legal permanent residents based on their family ties and 30% coming as refugees from Africa. The Migration Policy Institute recently published
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