Jewish Federations of North America welcome today’s announcement from the Department of Homeland Security that humanitarian parole for Ukrainians whose one-year admission was in danger of lapsing will be extended automatically by another year. This announcement means that as many as 20,000 Ukrainians who fled the invasion in its earliest days, as well as communities across the country who have helped resettle them, can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they will not be entered into removal proceedings.
“Guided by our Jewish values to extend our hands to support those in need, Jewish Federations will continue to advocate for policies that ensure displaced Ukrainians - thousands of which are being resettled by Jewish Human Services Agencies around the country - can continue to live in safety and security in the United States,” said AVP of Public Affairs & Government Relations at Jewish Federations of North America Darcy Hirsch.
On February 28th, Jewish Federations sent a joint letter alongside HIAS and the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA) to the Department of Homeland Security urging this extension. A copy of the letter is available here.
Last year, Jewish Federations launched a $1 million Ukrainian Resettlement Grant Initiative with matching funds from the Shapiro Foundation, to resettle Ukrainians in 20 Jewish communities across the United States and Canada.