Citizenship/Naturalization

Religious Leaders of Greater Philadelphia Statement in Support of Immigration Reform

Religiously Diverse, United for Immigration Reform

Adopted January 29, 2014

We are religious leaders representing thirty traditions and more than two million constituents in the greater Philadelphia area; and WE ARE UNITED.

Bar Reporter Highlights Asylum Case

January's copy of the the Philadelphia Bar Association's Legal Intelligencer shone the "Pro Bono Spotlight" on HIAS Pennsylvania. Written by Eric Freed, an attorney at Cozen O'Connor and pro bono attorney for one of clients, he goes through the process of seeking asylum, starting with our training of immigration law generally.

Thanks to Eric and the Intelligencer for their wonderful support!

(Full version of the January edition linked below - story on page 12.)

Portrait of a Donor: Honoring Grandpa on His Naturalization Anniversary

Earlier this month, we got an exciting package in our mailbox: Harriet Katz, made a gift in honor of the 100th anniversary of her grandfather's naturalization and included with it a copy of the originial naturalization certificate (below) and a photo of her grandfather and grandmother (to the left)
 
Nathan Katz came to New York from Russia in or near modern day Kiev, Ukraine in the 1890's. He and his wife Molly had 6 boys, including Harriet's father, who grew up in New York speaking Yiddish. He eventually moved to Dayton, Ohio.
 

Interfaith Press Conference for Immigration Reform

 

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Thursday, November 7 at 10am 

CONTACT:Nicole Kligerman, (484) 437 9676 English, Spanish.

Prominent Clergy Hold Interfaith Press Conference for Immigration Reform

200 Pennsylvania Faith Leaders Sign Open Letter to PA Representatives:

“The time is now for compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform!”

WHAT Interfaith Press Conference for Immigration Reform

WHO Press Conference Speakers:

Jewish Exponent Considers Immigration Reform

 

As the Senate went through its final consideration stages over the comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill last week - before passing the bill to move on to the house - HIAS Pennsylvania and partner agencies including the Jewish Community Relations Council worked hard to get on-the-fence Pennsylvania Senator Toomey to vote for the bill. Our hard work was recognized by the Jewish Exponent, who published two articles about the bill:

Philadelphia City Council Passes Resolution on Immigration

Philadelphia City Council passed a strong resolution supporting fair and humane immigration reform on February 14, 2013. Many community and advocacy groups provided input into the resolution, including HIAS Pennsylvania. A number of immigrants and community leaders testified in favor of the resolution. Read the resolution.

Links to More Comprehensive Immigration Reform News

 

News, editorials, and updates all about comprehensive immigration reform. Check in regularly for a collection of updates on the reform conversation, both locally and nationally.

Back to the CIR Main Page

 

FREE Citizenship Classes and Legal Assistance for Citizenship Applications

HIAS Pennsylvania through its partnership with the Philadelphia Citizenship Action Network (P-CAN) offers FREE CITIZENSHIP CLASSES AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR CITIZENSHIP APPLICATIONS in the evenings beginning January 16th in  Northeast Philadelphia at the New World Association  and Feb. 13th in North Philadelphia at Esperanza Immigration Legal Services.

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