Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Advocating for Refugees in Immigration Reform Debate

HIAS is making sure refugees are not left out of the immigration reform discussions.   - - Donna Poisl

Posted by HIAS – DC

 “Immigration reform” has become a buzzword in Washington—and all over the country. Broad coalitions of legislators, business leaders, students, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, farmworkers, and human rights activists have been urging for reforms to our outdated system. We recently saw a huge victory with passage of an immigration reform bill out of the U.S. Senate … but the fight is far from over and we are in it for the long haul.

As the Jewish nonprofit agency that protects refugees, HIAS has also long advocated for immigration and refugee laws that are humane, enhance national security, and reflect our Jewish values of welcoming the stranger. Along with Jewish and interfaith partners, as well as other immigration and refugee advocates, HIAS pushes for reforms to the current system that are guided by our national interest, balanced with fairness, and compassion.
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