Immigration Policies

News from the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC): Reports on Driver's Licenses for All and Health Insurance for Undocumented Children Released

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In the past month, two reports have been released on critical issues facing undocumented immigrants in Pennsylvania. Check them out here (Driver's Licenes) and here (Health Insurance).

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.

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.

Save the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act!

The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008 is at risk!

There have been several recently introduced proposals, such as the HUMANE Act, S. 2611, and the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act, HR 1537, neither of which is a humane or reform piece of legislation. These proposals would put vulnerable children in harm’s way by stripping away critical protections in the TVPRA for children from all countries not bordering the U.S. including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

 

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

Statement on Efforts to Eliminate Executive Authority of President

HIAS Pennsylvania just learned that a vote is expected today in the House of Representatives to eliminate President Obama’s executive authority by a vote on ENFORCE Act (HR 4138) and the Faithful Execution of the Law Act (HR 3973). As Congressional action on immigration reform has stagnated, President Obama used his executive power to create Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) where hundreds of thousands of youth who have spent the majority of their lives in the U.S.

Asylees: Get Paid to Help a Research Project!

Are you here on asylum?

Interested in helping a research project?

Drexel University is seeking participants to take part in a research study involving political asylum and trauma.

Asylee Outreach Program Coordinator Jason Hernandez is working with Sarah Filone at Drexel University to research asylum applications in an attempt to create a more fair system moving forward. They are interested in the ways adult asylees communicate their stories in an interview.

Derivative asylees are welcome to participate.

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.

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:

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