Search

Search

Get Involved
This area does not yet contain any content.
HIAS Chicago College Scholarship

100th Anniversary
HIAS Chicago Freedom Grove: Celebrating 100 years of cultivating new lives in America
Share Your Story Banner
Share Your Story

 

 

News and Announcements

HIAS Chicago Citizenship Classes Offered

HIAS Chicago invites you to our Citizenship Classes to help you prepare for your citizenship interview and exam. 

Classes are taught in English by volunteer teachers.

Please check our Citizenship Preparation Programs page for more information.


Footer Text

HIAS Chicago is a program of Jewish Child & Family Services and a partner with the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago in serving our community.  


Speak Out Now: Oppose Proposed Changes to the Public Charge Rule

On October 10, the Department of Homeland Security published a proposed new rule that would punish immigrants who legally access health, housing or nutrition programs. Many of these immigrants would no longer be eligible for green cards, even if they are the spouse, parent, or child of a U.S. citizen. The government said the new rule could affect about 382,000 people a year.

Take action now and tell DHS that you oppose this proposed rule change!

The proposal is not final and is open for review and public comment through December 10, 2018. Please use your voice to speak out on this issue and encourage others to do the same! The government is required to read and respond to each unique comment before any final changes are made. Include personal experience, perspective and language to ensure that your comment is seen as unique and thus counted. 

Comments can be made here: https://bit.ly/2C5AYdz.

For more more information, including sample comments, download our Public Charge Handout here. 

Questions? Contact Jessica Schaffer, HIAS Chicago Director, at JessicaSchaffer@jcfs.org or 312-673-3232.

 

Speak Out Now: No Changes to Processing of Asylum Claims

The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice have issued a new rule that fundamentally changes access to asylum in the U.S. by making it harder for many to seek safety and protection.

The rule makes any individual who does not present themself at a port of entry ineligible for asylum in the U.S. The government is issuing this rule while at the same time routinely denying asylum seekers access to the United States at ports of entry. This rule in effect closes our borders to asylum seekers, in violation of both U.S. and international law. Under our laws, people are not required to present themselves at a port of entry in order to claim asylum, and typically have up to one year to apply once they have entered the country.

This rule is open to public comment through January 8, 2019. Please use your voice to speak out on this issue and encourage others to do the same! The government is required to read and respond to each unique comment before any final changes are made.

Comments can be made here: https://bit.ly/2DGbNzS 

 Questions? Contact Jessica Schaffer, HIAS Chicago Director, at JessicaSchaffer@jcfs.org or 312-673-3232.

 

^ Back to Top