Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
HIAS Pennsylvania and the Cardozo School of Law have teamed up to create a year-long Cardozo Law Institute for Human Rights Fellow – CLIHR (pronounced CLEAR) Fellow for a Cardozo law graduate hosted at HIAS Pennsylvania. The named Fellow, Rona Gershon, will focus on providing immigration legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children and women who have survived interpersonal violence. The Fellowship was made possible through a donor concerned about human rights.
President Obama’s plan to grant temporary three year work permits and protection against deportation for millions of immigrant parents and young people who have lived and worked with and among us for years recognizes the need to fix our broken immigration system.
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.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a program that allows immigrants whose home country is too dangerous to return to to legally reside and work in the United States, has been extended to the countries infected by the Ebola epidemic
As reported by the New York Times, President Obama, whose response to the stalled-out comprehesive immigration reform bill has been eagerly awaited, has plans to announce, possibly within a week, a broad overhaul of the current system. Potential changes include allowing parents of citizen to obtain legal work visas, extending protections to unaccompanied minors, as well as shifts in enforcement.
Photo from NY TImes article.
Our most recent refugee population coming to Philadelphia is from the Congo, resettling into Point Breeze and Northeast Philadelphia. Michael Matza at the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a great article about their newfound precence in our city and the trauma they endured before their arrival.
Photo courtesy of Michael Bryant, Inquirer Staff Photographer
HIAS Pennsylvania is accepting applications for a Fellowship through the Emerging Leaders Program of the Stoneleigh Foundation. The selected candidate will work with HIAS PA's team to submit a Fellowship proposal to the Stoneleigh Foundation focusing on cross systems advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant children. Applications are due December 1. Read an overview of the program and application instructions here.
A lot has been written in recent months about the “crisis” of Latin American children spilling over our borders. Some communities re-act as if this migration is altogether new and troubling.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that automatic extentions for Employment Authorization Documents for Liberian nationals covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). This has extended their ability to work legally in the United States from September 30, 2014 to Mark 30, 2015.