HIAS Applauds Convening of Senate Immigration Hearings

Posted on Fri, May 01, 2009 at 14:03 pm

(New York, NY)–  HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish community, is gratified that the Senate held hearings on immigration this week, and thanks Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, for scheduling “Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do It and How.”

According to Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS and Chair of the National Immigration Forum, the leading immigrant advocacy organization in the United States:
“We strongly urge the committee to move forward with immigration legislation in 2009. For many years, HIAS, along with our partners across the pro-immigration community, have advocated for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) that would enhance our national security, fix our country’s broken immigration system and fulfill our core humanitarian principles.

“Over the past several years we have worked with a growing coalition of Jewish and interfaith partners to encourage CIR legislation that addresses five interrelated problems: the approximately 12 million undocumented migrants currently residing in the United States, the inhumanely long delays in many family immigration categories, the violent and chaotic situation on U.S. borders that fails to provide safe and legal channels for immigrant workers, the lack of resources for immigrant integration programs, and the need for improved and effective border and interior enforcement programs.

“We believe that addressing these five issues as a package is the only way to fundamentally change our immigration system and to thereby fulfill our country’s essential security needs. We urge Congress to act swiftly.”