Refugees & Immigration

January 2017

Civil & Human Rights

Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc., celebrates American diversity, multiculturalism, and religious pluralism.

As Jews we have a special understanding of the immigrant experience, especially refugees seeking safe haven from perilous circumstances occurring in their native countries.

Hadassah expresses deep concern over the humanitarian crisis in Syria and for the plight of Syrian refugees. We commend the generosity of the people and government of the State of Israel for organizing aid, sending medical teams, and arranging transport for the injured to Israeli hospitals for treatment, including Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO). We call upon all countries to provide sanctuary and the opportunity for Syrian refugees to flee political upheaval and violence.

Hadassah applauds community-driven and interfaith efforts to help resettle and support Syrian refugees and other immigrants here in the United States. Hadassah reaffirms and expands its support for refugee and immigration policies, calling on the U.S. government to:

Expedite the granting of refugee status, upon proper vetting, and increase the resettlement 14 of Syrian refugees in the U.S.;

Ensure nondiscriminatory application of United States immigration laws and attendant 16 policies, without regard to an individual’s race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual 17 orientation, gender identity, and monetary status;

Reauthorize policies, such as the Lautenberg Amendment, which facilitate the 19 resettlement of refugees who are persecuted religious minorities;

Improve the process for asylum seekers, especially for those seeking a safe haven from 21 gender-based violence; and

Negotiate comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform that addresses national security, 23 protects undocumented immigrants registered under the Deferred Action for Childhood 24 Arrivals program, promotes the unification of families, and ceases the forced return of 25 immigrants to their native countries without appeal.

Hadassah's Policy Statements represent the organization's official stance on a wide variety of issues facing our nation, Israel and other international matters of concern. Policy Statements are debated and voted on at national meetings by Hadassah’s national board and delegates from our membership. Once approved, statements become official policies of the organization and serve to define Hadassah's overall agenda and advocacy priorities. Hadassah, as a charitable organization classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is prohibited from any direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, candidates for public office.