Posted by Shaina Ward on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 14:34 pm
Since 2004, the Lautenberg Amendment has helped over 40,000 religious minorities flee persecution in Iran. HIAS has assisted thousands in this process, including many Jews, who faced dangerous journeys and obstacles along the way. The Baltimore Jewish Times recently profiled several refugees who benefitted firsthand from the Lautenberg Amendment and spoke with staff from HIAS’ affiliate organization in Baltimore. The article also highlighted a meeting that HIAS participated in with President Obama regarding immigration reform during which
Posted by Shaina Ward on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 14:28 pm
In an article recently posted by the Baltimore Jewish Times, HIAS President and CEO, Mark Hetfield explains that although refugees and immigrants have different reasons for leaving their home countries, the obstacles and opportunities they often face upon arrival in the United States are very similar. The Times article profiles two Jewish families who fled Peru and resettled in Baltimore.
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski 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 by Bethany Orlikowski 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 by Bethany Orlikowski on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:40 am
Last week, President Obama announced the extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status for Liberians living in the United States. HIAS' DC office was among the organizations that worked to secure this lifeline for Liberians who have fled violence but have not yet attained permanent U.S. residency.HIAS Pennsylvania, another key advocate, reported on this development.
Posted by Roberta Elliott on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:13 am
We Jews are all refugees. That understanding is fundamental to our religion, and it is why we are commanded to relive the Exodus every year at our seder tables.For Passover 2013, HIAS offers you “We are All Refugees: A guide for 'welcoming the stranger’ to your seder table.” We hope this tool, created specifically to honor the refugees among us, will enrich your Passover experience with an additional layer of information and immediacy.
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski 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 by Bethany Orlikowski 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 by Genever McBain on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 10:54 am
Check out this JTA article on the inclusion of the Lautenberg Amendment in a continuing resolution passed by the House on March 6. The amendment provides a lifeline for Jews, Christians, Baha'is, and other religious minorities fleeing Iran, and was in danger of being eliminated due to the sequester cuts.
Posted by Genever McBain on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 at 16:36 pm
Earlier today President Obama met with 14 faith leaders—of whom HIAS' Mark Hetfield was one—to discuss comprehensive immigration reform. During the White House meeting, he reiterated that CIR is a priority for his administration and emphasized his goal of seeing a bill on immigration reform in the next 60 days. The meeting was covered by CNN, the Washington Times, Politico, Talk Radio News Service, RTTNews, Latinos Post, and
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