Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Feb 06, 2014 at 16:45 pm
Today, HIAS joined Jewish colleagues from around the country for the fourth annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. Participants used the opportunity as part of Jewish Disability Awareness Month to urge Congress to co-sponsor and pass the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (H.R. 647), which would allow families and those with disabilities to save private funds to support their health, independence, and quality of life, and to ratify the Convention on the
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Tue, Feb 04, 2014 at 16:45 pm
Earlier today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised form N-400, Application for Naturalization, which includes significant changes to the application’s content and format. The new form has more than doubled in length to 21 pages, including several additional questions related to the applicant’s links to terrorist groups, genocide, militias, prisons, and military training (see recent Washington Post article). USCIS will accept the older version of the N-400 form until May 5th,
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 16:37 pm
House Republican leadership recently released a document entitled “GOP Principles on Immigration Reform,” providing a general outline of standards regarding border security, interior enforcement, reforms to the legal immigration system, and a way to address the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. Several Jewish organizations—including HIAS—welcomed the principles as “an important first step towards addressing the broken U.S. immigration system,” and many members of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition also released
President Obama Calls for Action on Immigration Reform, Help for Syrians, in his State of the Union AddressAdvocacy Updates
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 16:34 pm
Last night, President Obama addressed both immigration reform and the crisis in Syria during his State of the Union Address. On immigration reform, he gave a compelling economic argument, declaring that “if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement—and fix our broken immigration system,” and noting that economists claim there will be a $1 trillion deficit decrease if Congress enacts immigration reform.
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 16:32 pm
Last week, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 3547), which will fund the government through September 2014. HIAS celebrated the passage of this legislation, which includes a one-year extension of the Lautenberg Amendment, an increase in funding for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), an additional $3 billion to support international refugee protection and humanitarian assistance, and allocation of $2.5 million to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for its Citizenship and Integration Grant program.
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 16:29 pm
Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled “Asylum Abuse: Is It Overwhelming Our Borders?” Expert panelists included Lori Scialabba of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Daniel Ragsdale of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Michael Fisher of Customs and Border Control (CBP), and Ruth Wasem of the Congressional Research Service (CRS). In his opening remarks, House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte (R-VA-6) suggested that the United States’ “record of generosity and compassion to people in need of protection
Posted by HIAS – NY on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 14:57 pm
After decades of advocacy efforts by refugee protection agencies to bring the issue of sexual and gender-based violence among refugees to the fore, prevention and response programs are finally becoming widely accessible to refugee women and girls who are vulnerable to or have survived gender-based violence.
Yet, the needs of certain populations—including men and boys, sexual minorities, disabled individuals, and older refugees—still remain largely unaddressed. As a result, thousands of refugees fall through the cracks of sexual and gender-based violence prevention
Posted by HIAS – NY on Thu, Feb 06, 2014 at 10:55 am
(New York, NY) – The Patriot Act’s overly broad definitions of “terrorist activity” and “terrorist group” that have unjustly prevented thousands of refugees—who do not pose a threat to the United States—from receiving protection in the United States will no longer be applied to certain refugees, according to an announcement Wednesday by Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.
Terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds—known as the “TRIG” bars—affect thousands of refugees who have fought oppression around the
Posted by HIAS – NY on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 12:10 pm
(New York, NY) – HIAS today welcomed the GOP Principles on Immigration Reform as an important first step toward addressing the broken U.S. immigration system. The principles provide a general outline of standards regarding border security, interior enforcement, reforms to the legal immigration system, and a way to address the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.
Mark Hetfield, HIAS' president & CEO, was "encouraged to see Republican leadership finally discussing this issue in a serious
Posted by Genever McBain on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 11:37 am
This Washington Jewish Week article examines Israel's attitude toward the 53,600 asylum seekers who have fled persecution and violence to seek protection within its borders. As Mark Hetfield explains, with the flow of asylum seekers all but halted, now is the time for Israel to reevaluate its policies aimed at creating a purposefully unwelcome atmosphere, such as the Knesset's recent amendment allowing asylum seekers to be detained without a trial for up to a year.
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