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Statements & Press Releases

  • 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.

  • Dream And Promise Act Wins House Approval

    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives took an important step forward in making the U.S. immigration system more humane by passing H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act.

  • HIAS Appalled By Atlanta Killings

    All of us at HIAS are heartbroken by the murders that took place yesterday in Atlanta. We are appalled by the increase in racially motivated hate crimes targeting Asian American and Pacific Islander, or AAPI, persons. While the investigation into these killings has just begun, it seems that misogyny also motivated these murders.

  • Statement Submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security

    Statement submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security Hearing on
    “The Way Forward on Homeland Security”

  • An Important Step Forward in Undoing MPP

    WASHINGTON — Today, at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego, asylum seekers will finally begin to receive the justice and due process they have been denied for two years. 

  • HIAS Welcomes U.S. Citizenship Act

    WASHINGTON — Today, Democrats in Congress introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act, a bill incorporating President Biden’s legislative priorities on immigration.

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