Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm
In a new initiative that strives to combat anti-refugee sentiment around the country, HIAS, along with several partners—the Center for Applied Linguistics; Church World Service; Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services; the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants; and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, working closely with Welcoming America and Refugee Council USA— recently launched The Linking Communities (TLC) Project: Creating Welcome for
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Wed, Oct 02, 2013 at 12:40 pm
This afternoon, House Democrats introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill, H.R. 15, known as the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” Nearly identical to the immigration bill that passed the Senate in June, this bill similarly aims to address issues related to border security, immigrant and non-immigrant visas, interior enforcement, and more. Sponsors Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL), Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-TX), and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO).
Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm
Immigration advocates around the country are gearing up for national and local actions on and around October 5th. Since this national day of action falls on Shabbat, we are urging Jewish faith and community leaders to integrate immigration and refugee themes into their services and programming -- utilize the materials and resources on the WWW2 website, which includes AJC's participant guide about why immigration reform is a Jewish issue, as well as many sample d'var torah, text studies,
Posted by HIAS – NY on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 11:14 am
Eleven months after the resurgence of inter-ethnic violence in western Darfur, HIAS staff receives 100 to 150 Sudanese refugees every day at the Ab Gadam refugee camp welcome center, the camp’s central hub of community activities. Each arriving refugee is greeted and given a hot meal before being assigned lodging alongside the 20,340 refugees already living in the newest of HIAS’ camps in eastern Chad.
At Ab Gadam, the displaced find protection against cross-border incursions and receive a variety of aid
Posted by HIAS – NY on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 18:19 pm
One year after arriving in the United States, Sawsan, an Iraqi refugee single mother with three kids, found an inner strength she never knew she had. “I am confident now, and I feel I can do even more than people in families with two parents,” she says. “I found myself here.”
Sawsan could never have imagined feeling this way just a few years ago. When she first married her husband, a successful construction company owner, their home and family in Baghdad
Posted by Shaina Ward on Fri, Nov 01, 2013 at 10:59 am
Yesterday, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) held a public hearing entitled "The Human Rights Situation of Refugees in the Americas." At the hearing, HIAS’ partners such as Asylum Access and other organizations that are a part of Refugee Council USA, sought a review of refugee status determination (RSD) processes to ensure access to due process for refugees in the Americas. Learn more about the IACHR as well as HIAS’ refugee
Posted by Shaina Ward on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm
This morning, HIAS President and CEO, Mark Hetfield, joined President Obama at the White House as he addressed the nation about the importance of finishing the job of fixing our broken immigration system. President Obama discussed the challenges in the wake of the government shutdown, highlighted the need for immigration reform and how it would benefit the country, and we can move forward. Read the transcript.
Posted by HIAS – NY on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 20:32 pm
HIAS' Mark Hetfield offers perspective on "credible-fear" asylum claims in his letter to the editor published in the Wall Street Journal. His letter was offered in response to an earlier article by Joel Millman.
Posted by HIAS – NY on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 15:46 pm
Six members of the House of Representatives recently shared their family's immigration stories with the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. Strikingly, all six believe that under today's broken immigration system, their ancestors would not be able to come to the U.S. today. Learn more and read their stories.
Posted by Genever McBain on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 15:42 pm
The government shutdown isn’t the only pressing issue for Congress—immigration reform has remained a hot topic among the American people and politicians, many of whom urgently demand changes in U.S. immigration policy. When Senate bill S. 744 passed this spring it was an important milestone, but now all eyes are on the House as the country looks to our representatives to take the next step toward reforming our broken system.
The shutdown itself poses numerous challenges for immigrants. The
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