BREAKING: Obama Plans to Protect 5 Million Immigrants

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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.

From Congo the the US: A Phila Inquirer Article

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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

Accepting Applications for Stoneleigh Foundation Emerging Leader Fellowship (Due Dec 1)

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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.

Deferred Enforced Departure Extended for Eligible Liberians

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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.

 

Domestic Violence Now Considered Basis for Asylum

On August 26, 2014, after many years of silence on the issue, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the nation’s highest immigration court, ruled for the first time that in certain circumstances victims fleeing domestic violence in their home countries can qualify for asylum in the United States.

In memory of Michael Katz

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On August 23, Michael Katz, professor at the University of Pennsylvania and member of our Board of Directors for six years, passed away after a long battle with cancer. He worked til the end, publishing multiple books in his last years and being inducted to the American Philosophical Society in 2013.

He was an invaluable member of our team and we will miss his intellect and support. We extend our condolences to all the family and friends who held him dear.
 

I want to be a Volunteer ESL Teacher for refugees

Days which you will be consistently available during normal business hours (9 AM to 5 PM) for a three-hour block of time, i.e. Mondays from 11-2.
If it was from an institution (your synagogue, school, workplace, etc.), please let us know what institution.

"Provide a Lifeline for Children" by Philippe Weisz

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HIAS Pennsylvania managing attorney, Philippe Weisz, wrote a brilliant op-ed piece concerning children refugees coming to the United States to seek asylum. Weisz takes a look at America's past and future involving immigrant children and asks Americans to do the right thing by providing these children a lifeline.

"We Must Work To Protect Unaccompanied Minors" by Judi Bernstein-Baker

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In order to spread awareness on the issue of unprotected and unaccompanied minors, our Executive Director, Judith Bernstein-Baker, wrote an informative article about granting legal representation to children immigrants coming to the United States.

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