Join HIAS at the JFNA General Assembly in Baltimore

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Fri, Nov 09, 2012 at 12:33 pm

The 2012 General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America will be held November 11-13 in Baltimore, MD. Each year, the GA brings together Federation members, national Jewish organizations, and volunteers to learn about and discuss critical issues facing our community. If you are attending this year's GA, make sure to visit the HIAS booth in the Exhibit Hall to meet our staff and learn about how to get involved in our work in the U.S. and around

Hurricane Sandy Relief: New York Opportunities


Posted by Mark Hetfield on Thu, Nov 08, 2012 at 14:23 pm

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, there still are thousands of people without heat, water, or electricity, many from the Russian-speaking, Jewish communities in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and New Jersey. There is a desperate need for donations, supplies, and volunteers. Below are some ways you can assist with Hurricane Sandy Relief in the New York area.

UJA Federation of New York

Truth serum for lunch

HIAS in the News

Posted by Genever McBain on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

The Economist just posted an article about Leonid Razvozzhayev, who currently is being held in pretrial detention in Lefortovo prison. A national of the Russian Federation, he disappeared on October 19 after approaching the HIAS office in Kyiv, where HIAS provides free legal assistance to asylum seekers in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who had referred Mr. Razvozzhaev to HIAS.

ICE's 287(g) Agreements Extended through the End of the Year

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 14:48 pm

Earlier this month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it will temporarily extend all 287(g) agreements through the end of the year, in order to provide the agency with time to consider the program's future. The agreements, made between ICE and 57 state and local law enforcement agencies, deputize local officials to assist ICE in enforcing Federal immigration law. The program has come under fire because of accusations of racial profiling as well as inefficient allocation of resources, especially

Presidential Nominees Discuss Immigration in Town Hall Debate

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:41 am

In Tuesday night's town hall presidential debate, President Obama and Governor Romney were asked a question about immigration. Governor Romney said that "we welcome legal immigrants into this country." He expressed support for streamlining the legal system, issuing visas for immigrants with science and math degrees, stopping illegal immigration, and an employment verification system. He objected to "amnesty" and issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. He suggested that children who came to the U.S. illegally could have a pathway to

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Recipients Denied Comprehensive Health Care Coverage - Act Now

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy enacted by the White House this summer allows young people under 31 who were brought to the United States as children and are currently undocumented to apply for relief from deportation or removal proceedings for two years. While DACA would not provide a path to citizenship for young people, it allows them temporary lawful residence, work authorization, and certain state benefits like in-state tuition. However, the Obama administration has recently proposed that

HIAS & the Lautenberg Amendment in The Review of Faith & International Affairs

HIAS in the News

Posted by Genever McBain on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 18:40 pm

Learn more about HIAS' advocacy and coalition work on the Lautenberg Amendment, as well as the International Religious Freedom Roundtable in which HIAS participates, in this journal article by Greg Mitchell.

Specter remembered as an iconoclast who enjoyed going toe to toe with tyrants

HIAS in the News

Posted by Genever McBain on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Looking back on Senator Arlen Specter's life and legacy, the JTA discussed his involvement with the Soviety Jewry movement and cited HIAS regarding his work to preserve and expand the Lautenberg Amendment, which aids religious minorities escaping persecution.

HIAS Mourns the Loss of Senator Arlen Specter, a Leader in Jewish Rescue

Press Releases

Posted by Genever McBain on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

(New York, NY) - HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, mourns the loss of Senator Arlen Specter, who died yesterday. For HIAS and Jews in America and around the world, the longtime senator from Pennsylvania will always be remembered for his dedication to Jewish rescue.

Senator Specter was a champion for legislation that helped thousands of Jews and other religious minorities who faced persecution for their religious beliefs find freedom and new lives in the United

Rep. Ellison Introduces Refugee Admissions Reform Bill

Advocacy Updates

Posted by Bethany Orlikowski on Thu, Oct 04, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) recently introduced the "Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act," which would reform the refugee resettlement program by bringing it up-to-date to meet the needs of refugees and the U.S. communities that welcome them. By streamlining refugee processing and ensuring coordination among the government agencies involved in refugee resettlement, the bill would help the U.S. respond to emergencies and offer safe haven to refugees without unnecessarily prolonging the admissions process. The bill also would build on successful programs that

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