Immigration Policies

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:

Action Alert: Oppose the SAFE Act October 17


Sign a letter to your Congressman for a Jewish day of action to oppose the SAFE Act.

The Jewish community has serious concerns about the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement” (SAFE) Act, H.R. 2278, which was approved by the House Judiciary Committee in June 2013.

Managing Attorney Philippe Weisz on CBS Philly

Did you know:

There are people who pretend to be immigration legal experts in order to exploit unknowing immigrants? These notarios charge unreasonable fees for help they cannot give in order to exploit a needing population and to make a quick buck - and sometimes end up getting those they claim to be helping into deportation. Its a known harm in the immigrant rights community, and our Managing Attorney Philippe Weisz recently spoke to the local press about it. See the full article below!

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:

Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania Selected For Immigration Study Tour to Germany

Judith Bernstein-Baker, the Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania, was selected to join a delegation of immigration policy experts, legal scholars, legislators, journalists, and academics from 16 states to participate in a week long German Study Tour from April 14 to April 19, 2013.  HIAS Pennsylvania, a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey provides legal, social and support services to immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia region.  The agency has served over 320,000 newcomers sin

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.

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Joint Statement on The Supreme Court's Decision in Arizona Case

Supreme Court’s Arizona Immigration Decision Supports Federal Authority in Immigration But Potential for Racial Profiling Remains

A Joint Statement from HIAS Pennsylvania and the Jewish Community Relations Council on Behalf of the Greater Philadelphia Jewish Coalition on Immigration

Stand with Immigrants During the Upcoming Supreme Court Hearings on Arizona's SB 1070

Next week the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of Arizona's immigration enforcement law SB 1070. The purpose of SB 1070, as stated by the Arizona legislature, is to keep undocumented immigrants from coming to Arizona and to drive out those already in the state.  HIAS Pennsylvania stands strongly opposed to these attacks on immigrants which violate the core Jewish teaching of ‘Welcoming the Stranger’. 


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