News on refugees is pretty sparse these days involving mostly stories about how refugees (including illegal immigrants) don’t have work and are scrabbling to get their government bennies. Stories like this one from New Hampshire where my message to the Open Borders movement activists is this—you now need to step up and personally help (with your own time and money) all of the migrants you have helped bring to America.
However, I’m delighted to see that there is a spotlight shining on HIAS (aka the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) from within the Jewish community.
I told you about the controversy here a week ago.
Now this from the Middle East Forum:
HIAS Endangers Jews, Empowers Their Enemies
HIAS, formerly known as the Hebrew International Aid Society*** until 2014, is in the news following a firestorm over the prospects of Dianne Lob, formerly the chair of its board of directors, becoming the chair-elect of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
The increased attention on HIAS provides an opportune time to scrutinize its work in resettling refugees. Unfortunately, a close examination leads to the conclusion that HIAS knowingly promotes policies that endanger Jews, as well as aligns with those linked to Islamist terrorism.
Rather than debating whether a former HIAS executive should head the big tent of all big tents of mainstream Judaism, the Jewish community should instead begin discussing how to show HIAS the door, just as it would for any other organization that enabled dangerously racist communities.
….the company HIAS keeps is telling. It has been unapologetic in its partnership with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). The ADL has raised serious concerns about CAIR, citing the fact, among others, that it openly delegitimizes Israel.
I suggest that HIAS’s close working relationship with the Southern Poverty Law Center is also concerning. See my post yesterday.
For new readers, see that HIAS received more federal funding in FY19 under Trump than it did in the best Obama year.
See my HIAS archive for dozens and dozens of posts on the federal refugee resettlement contractor.
The writer uses the word “naivety” in describing HIAS actions. I don’t believe they are naive for one second.
***I don’t know where the author gets this name for HIAS. See wikipedia here.