The Top Ten Migration Issues of 2012

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski 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

The Latest Buzzword: Immigration

HIAS in the News

Posted by Genever McBain on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 16:54 pm

The Religious Action of Reform Judaism just posted a blog by HIAS' Associate Director of U.S. Policy and Advocacy Liza Lieberman in which she outlines both HIAS' top priorities related to immigration reform and explains how people can contribute.

Black Immigrants in the United States

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Shaina Ward 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

Deferred Action Requests Continue to Rise

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Shaina Ward on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 9:56 am

Of the 950,000 people who became immediately eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), 39% have applied in just four months. The Center for American Progress published an infographic showing the statistics for requests submitted and approved as well as information on how the process works. Check out the infographic.

John Lennon's Immigration Attorney's Work in the 1970s Influenced President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Shaina Ward on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

Immigration attorney Leon Wildes represented John Lennon and Yoko Ono throughout their immigration trial in the 1970s and helped them fight deportation. Central to Wildes' argument was documentation proving that the government had overlooked other deportation cases and quietly granted a form of deferred action. Wildes' work exposed the standards upon which President Obama's administration built the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants who grew up in the United States to stay in the country.

Representative Gowdy of South Carolina Named Immigration Subcommittee Chair

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Shaina Ward on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 9:38 am

Republican Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina was chosen as the chairman of the House's immigration subcommittee on Tuesday. Gowdy currently serves on the subcommittee, which considers an array of immigration issues including border security, immigration policy, naturalization, admission of refugees, and international agreements and treaties. Chairman-elect of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), stated "as Chairman of the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, Representative Gowdy will play a leading role on immigration reform which is a top

Panel Seeks Common Ground in Fixing our Broken Immigration System

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Shaina Ward on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 15:16 pm

On December 5th, Human Rights First hosted a panel discussion at the Newseum in Washington, DC that presented a range of views on what is needed to reform the nation's immigration system. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, Thomas F. McLarty of McLarty Associates, James W. Ziglar of the Migration Policy Institute, and Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations participated in the event. Thomas McLarty noted that irregular crossings at the U.S.-Mexico

UNHCR and Open Society Institute Release Report on Statelessness in the U.S.

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Shaina Ward on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 15:11 pm

On December 10th, the Open Society Justice Initiative and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) hosted "Stateless Individuals in the United States: Vulnerable People with a Simple Solution," during which they released their joint report on statelessness in the United States. The report includes a list of over 20 recommendations for the White House; Congress; and the Departments of State, Justice, and Homeland Security to address and end statelessness in the U.S. Read the report.

Jewish social services agency has adapted and served for 75 years

HIAS in the News

Posted by Genever McBain on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 18:03 pm

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette just posted this article about the evolution of the Jewish Family & Children's Service (JF&CS) of Pittsburgh, a HIAS affiliate, over the past 75 years, as they built a continuum of care to meet the critical needs of the community.

House Passes STEM Bill

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Dec 06, 2012 at 16:28 pm

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the STEM Jobs Act of 2012 (H.R. 6429), which would create a visa program for graduates of science, technology, engineering, and math post-secondary education programs by taking visas from the Diversity Visa Lottery program. "It pains me greatly that I cannot support this bill," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), who said that the bill would eventually result in fewer visas issued because far fewer than 50,000 degrees are given every year to

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