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Statements & Press Releases

  • Three Major Faith-Based Organizations Commit To 'Welcome The Stranger'

    Three of the world’s leading Jewish, Islamic and Christian humanitarian organisations are teaming up to strengthen faith-based responses to the world’s unprecedented refugee crisis, as growing numbers of people flee their homes to escape war, conflict and persecution.  

  • HIAS Applauds Expansion of CAM Program

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — On June 15, the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security announced the expansion of the Central American Minors (CAM) program.

  • HIAS Welcomes Generous Financial Support from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — HIAS, the Jewish humanitarian organization, announced that it has received a transformational grant from philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett as part of their giving to support and advance a more just, equitable and welcoming world.

  • HIAS Welcomes The End of 'Remain In Mexico' Policy

    On June 1, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas issued a memorandum officially terminating the Remain in Mexico program. Formally referred to as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, the Remain in Mexico program forced more than 71,000 asylum seekers to wait in dangerous areas of Mexico for their asylum cases to be heard.

  • HIAS Ecuador Director Sabrina Lustgarten Named Global Executive Vice President

    HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization, announced that Sabrina Lustgarten, previously the head of HIAS Ecuador, is now serving in the newly established position of executive vice president at the organization’s headquarters.

  • President Biden Fulfills Pledge to Raise Refugee Admissions Cap to 62,500

    WASHINGTON — On May 3, President Biden officially raised the U.S.’ refugee admissions cap for this fiscal year from an all-time low of 15,000 to 62,500. HIAS commends the Biden administration for taking this long-overdue action and acknowledging the vocal public support for refugee resettlement.

  • HIAS Welcomes House Passage of NO BAN Act

    WASHINGTON — HIAS applauds the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the NO BAN Act, which was approved by a 218 to 208 vote on Wednesday.

  • HIAS Statement on Conviction of Derek Chauvin

    WASHINGTON — Today, a jury in Minneapolis found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd.

  • President Biden Breaks Promise to Raise Refugee Admissions Cap

    WASHINGTON — On April 16, President Biden announced the U.S.’ refugee admissions cap for this fiscal year will remain at the all-time low of 15,000 set by the Trump administration. At the same time, the president is ending the existing discriminatory quotas on the number of refugees who can be resettled from certain countries.

  • HIAS Welcomes Introduction of GRACE Act

    WASHINGTON — The past four years have seen dramatic declines in the number of refugees resettled in the United States. The Trump administration repeatedly slashed the U.S.’ annual refugee admission cap, eventually setting it an all-time low of just 15,000; the Biden administration has yet to raise that number.

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