Family-Based Immigration

In-Country Refugee/Parole Program for Central American Minors

In November of 2014, the State Department's Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (RRM) announced a new in-country refugee/parole program for Central American children who are El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras nationals, currently reside in these countries, and have one or both parents lawfully present in the United States. To be eligible, the child must under 21 and unmarried.

Administrative Relief: A Summary

Last night, President Obama announced his executive action on immigration and how he plans to reshape our current immigration system. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services Department released today an overview of his plan, which is linked below.

Executive Director to Attend White House's National Immigrant & Refugee Integration Convening

 

HIAS Pennsylvania's Executive Director has been selected to attend the National Immigrant & Refugee Integration Convening at the White House on July 16, 2014. The event will include break-out sessions with local and national lecturers on various topics including:

Awake to Justice: Immigration Activism for Synagogues and Congregants

What This Calendar Can Help You Do

● Educate

  • There are many ways to educate your synagogue community about immigrants’ rights. From Hebrew School lessons to immigration shabbat services to materials for use around holidays, you’ll find many opportunities to increase your community’s awareness of the issues facing immigrants today.

● Donate

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.

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:

Philadelphia Bar Foundation to Honor Judi Bernstein Baker

We are proud to announce that the Philadelphia Bar Foundation has announced that it will be honoring HIAS Pennsylvania's Executive Director Judi Bernstein-Baker at the 35th Annual Andrew Hamilton Benefit. As stated on their press release:

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:

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