Posted on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 13:16 pm
In June, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” (S. 744) by a margin of 68-32. This was a huge victory for the immigration reform movement, and we must build upon this momentum to urge the U.S. House of Representatives to reform our country’s broken system in a way that honors our American values.
Please take a moment to urge your Members of Congress to support H.R. 15,
Posted on Fri, Nov 01, 2013 at 13:15 pm
Yesterday, Georgetown University Law Center, the Migration Policy Institute, and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) hosted the 10th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference in Washington, DC. One of the program highlights was a speech by Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who discussed his involvement in the Senate "Gang of Eight" immigration bill and specifically thanked faith-based communities for their commitment to immigration reform advocacy.
Posted on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 13:01 pm
Please join members of the "We Were Strangers, Too" Jewish Campaign for Immigration Reform tomorrow - October 17th - for the national Jewish Day of Action against the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act. This legislation was approved by the House Judiciary Committee in June 2013 and would worsen laws targeting terrorism that instead negatively impacts immigrants and refugees. The SAFE Act would also expand the immigration detention system that currently detains torture survivors, asylum seekers, and others seeking protection
Posted on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm
In a new initiative that strives to combat anti-refugee sentiment around the country, HIAS, along with several partners—the Center for Applied Linguistics; Church World Service; Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services; the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants; and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, working closely with Welcoming America and Refugee Council USA— recently launched The Linking Communities (TLC) Project: Creating Welcome for
Posted on Wed, Oct 02, 2013 at 12:40 pm
This afternoon, House Democrats introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill, H.R. 15, known as the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” Nearly identical to the immigration bill that passed the Senate in June, this bill similarly aims to address issues related to border security, immigrant and non-immigrant visas, interior enforcement, and more. Sponsors Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL), Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-TX), and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO).
Posted on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm
Immigration advocates around the country are gearing up for national and local actions on and around October 5th. Since this national day of action falls on Shabbat, we are urging Jewish faith and community leaders to integrate immigration and refugee themes into their services and programming -- utilize the materials and resources on the WWW2 website, which includes AJC's participant guide about why immigration reform is a Jewish issue, as well as many sample d'var torah, text studies,
Posted on Fri, Nov 01, 2013 at 10:59 am
Yesterday, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) held a public hearing entitled "The Human Rights Situation of Refugees in the Americas." At the hearing, HIAS’ partners such as Asylum Access and other organizations that are a part of Refugee Council USA, sought a review of refugee status determination (RSD) processes to ensure access to due process for refugees in the Americas. Learn more about the IACHR as well as HIAS’ refugee
Posted on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm
This morning, HIAS President and CEO, Mark Hetfield, joined President Obama at the White House as he addressed the nation about the importance of finishing the job of fixing our broken immigration system. President Obama discussed the challenges in the wake of the government shutdown, highlighted the need for immigration reform and how it would benefit the country, and we can move forward. Read the transcript.
Posted on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 15:42 pm
The government shutdown isn’t the only pressing issue for Congress—immigration reform has remained a hot topic among the American people and politicians, many of whom urgently demand changes in U.S. immigration policy. When Senate bill S. 744 passed this spring it was an important milestone, but now all eyes are on the House as the country looks to our representatives to take the next step toward reforming our broken system.
The shutdown itself poses numerous challenges for immigrants. The
Posted on Wed, Oct 09, 2013 at 17:01 pm
Earlier this week, over 60 members of HIAS’ Board of Directors and other HIAS supporters convened in Washington, DC for the annual HIAS Advocacy Mission. Although several of the meetings with government officials were cancelled, the program included in-depth discussions on issues related to the Syrian refugee crisis, U.S. asylum policies, African asylum seekers in Israel, screening procedures for Haitian migrants, the need for processing Colombian refugees, and the impact of recent terrorist attacks on the Westgate Mall in
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