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  • Border Problem, Beltway Crisis

    Aug 08, 2014

    The children at the border, however, are only a symptom of a crisis of extreme violence in Central America and a crisis inside the Beltway caused by a dysfunctional Congress that misses opportunity after opportunity to fix our broken immigration laws.

  • Granted Asylum, Iranian Workers’ Rights Fighter Sets His Sights on the Future

    Jul 31, 2014

    HIAS is proud to announce that this month the U.S. granted asylum to Mansoor Osaloo, one of the founders of the Vahed Syndicate, a free trade union representing Tehran’s bus workers, who endured torture and the daily threat of being killed to fight for improved working conditions in Iran.
  • A Jewish call to fair treatment for all children

    Jul 30, 2014

    The Jewish community should speak out on this issue and call on the U.S. government to meet the needs of these children while maintaining our country’s commitment to refugees.  

  • Refugee claims of migrant children must be taken seriously

    Jul 30, 2014

    In this letter to the editor, Eric Schwartz argues that most of the kids arriving at our border have refugee claims. "If they were my children, I'd want those claims to be considered very carefully."

  • The Biggest Humanitarian Crisis of Our Generation

    Jul 23, 2014

    The faces and stories of the Syrian refugees I worked with in Jordan remain as clear in my mind as if I’d met them yesterday.
  • Welcome the Stranger

    Jul 24, 2014

    Jewish organizations such as the National Council of Jewish Women, HIAS and the Jewish Federations of North America issued a joint statement urging President Barack Obama to pursue “measures to ensure that all migrants in danger of persecution have access to a meaningful opportunity to seek asylum.”

  • Child migrants: Does US have a moral obligation to them?

    Jul 19, 2014

    Mark Hetfield notes that asylum claims are legally very complicated to determine for the kids from Central America because they are being persecuted not by a government but by forces their governments are unable to control. 

  • Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island

    Jul 18, 2014

    This article about unaccompanied children throughout history includes a mention of HIAS' efforts to help Jewish orphans who arrived at Ellis Island.

  • Refugee Receives Outstanding Achievement Award

    Jul 15, 2014

    Last week, Teresa Mitchell, an asylee who fled to the United States from Jamaica in 2012, gratefully accepted an Outstanding Achievement Award from FEGS, HIAS’s affiliate in New York City. Her mother, Annette MacDonnell, stood proudly at her side.
  • Statement to U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Unaccompanied Children

    Jul 10, 2014

    HIAS supports President Obama’s $3.7 billion Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Request for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14). The $1.83 billion increase for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) must be approved if we are to provide migrant children with appropriate care and ensure that the U.S. maintains our country’s commitments and obligations to asylum seekers and refugees.

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