Gideon Aronoff Elected Chair of National Immigration Forum: Organization is leading immigrant advocacy group in country

Posted on Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 15:16 pm

(New York, NY)– Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, today was elected chair of the National Immigration Forum, the leading immigrant advocacy organization in the United States. Established in 1982, the Forum advocates for immigrants and immigration, and seeks to maintain the traditions of safe, legal, and orderly immigration that strengthens the nation.

As chair, Aronoff will take the lead position on the board of directors – comprised of advocacy leaders and institution builders who collectively reflect the broad pro-immigrant advocacy movement across the country. The Forum is a central hub in crafting alliances between faith, business, labor, and immigrant communities to build support for policies welcoming of immigrants and refugees and that promote their integration into American communities.

“I’m honored to become the chair of the National Immigration Forum, an organization that espouses values and moral sensibilities that set this country apart from the family of nations. We are all immigrants and, by advocating for fair and just immigration laws, we not only serve the more recent immigrants among us, but the rich history our country,” stated Aronoff after his election.

"It is particularly significant to me that I come to this position as the head of HIAS, the Jewish community’s 127-year-old international immigration agency. Faith-based communities bring an important viewpoint to the table as we find common ground on immigration from within our diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds.

“At a time when there is so much hope and renewed energy in this country, we at the National Immigration Forum are uniquely placed to help the Congress and new Administration move forward in achieving the very best immigration policies and laws for our country.”

HIAS, founded in 1881, has long advocated for fair and just immigration policies and laws. Recently it launched – with some two dozen organizational partners from the Jewish community across the country – Progress by Pesach, a grassroots campaign to urge the new administration and Congress to move immigration reform to the top of the agenda during their first 100 days in office.