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Advocacy

Our Washington, D.C. office advances HIAS’ refugee and immigrant protection agenda by educating Washington policy makers on issues concerning both Jewish migrants and the broader immigrant and refugee community.

 

NEW! House to Consider STEM Jobs Act

This week the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the STEM Jobs Act of 2012 (H.R. 6429), which would create a visa program for graduates of science, technology, engineering, and math post-secondary education programs by taking visas from the Diversity Visa Lottery program. The House failed to pass similar legislation in September. Since then, House Republicans amended the legislation and added a provision to allow spouses and minor children of legal permanent residents to wait in the U.S. for their green cards. This legislation would allow family members to come to the U.S. one year after they apply for their green cards, but they would not receive work authorization until they receive their green cards. Learn more.

Posted November 29, 2012 


NEW! Advocates Convene in Washington to Strategize about Immigration

Next week HIAS will participate in the National Immigration Forum's national strategy session and advocacy day in Washington, DC. The event will feature a wide array of speakers from across the country and across the political spectrum, including Attorney General Mark Shurtleff of Utah, Jim Wallis of Sojourners, Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, Rich Stolz of One America, and Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. Advocates from the faith, business, and law enforcement communities will strategize about how to prioritize immigration reform as the first legislative item in the 113th Congress. Learn more.

Posted November 29, 2012


NEW! Updated DACA Numbers Released

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released updated statistics about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. New data shows that 300,000 requests for deferred action have been submitted and 53,273 individuals have been granted relief under this new policy. The new data does not indicate how many beneficiaries have received work permits under the program or whether any requests for deferred action had been denied. At the rate of processing applications, it is likely that more than 100,000 requests will be granted by USCIS by the end of the year. Learn more.

Posted November 27, 2012


NEW! Republican Senators Propose Alternative to the DREAM Act

This week, Senator Kay Hutchinson (R-TX) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) put forward the ACHIEVE Act, which would offer legal status for certain eligible undocumented youth. This proposal is similar to the bill that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) worked on last summer as an alternative to the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act which has been championed for over a decade by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). Most notable, the new proposal differs from the DREAM Act in that it would not provide a pathway to citizenship for eligible undocumented individuals. Learn more.

Posted November 27, 2012


NEW! Urge Congress to Pass VAWA

As Congress reconvened in Washington, advocates around the country have been urging legislators to finally reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Earlier this year, the Senate and House passed conflicting versions of the bill. Please take a moment to ask your elected officials to pass the Senate version of VAWA, which maintains programs and services for immigrant survivors of sexual and domestic violence, as opposed to the House version, which would roll back these protections. Send an email to your elected officials, and join the #PassVAWA2012 Facebook Photo Campaign.

Posted November 27, 2012


 

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