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Statements & Press Releases

  • HIAS Calls for Refugee Admissions Reforms to Meet Administration’s Robust Goal

    HIAS welcomes the announcement that the Biden administration has set the refugee admissions ceiling for Fiscal Year 2023 at 125,000. Last year’s Presidential Determination also set a goal of 125,000 for FY22.

  • HIAS Renews Call to End Title 42 After Report Claims Administration is Seeking its Expansion

    HIAS is expressing deep disappointment following a new Reuters report that claims the Biden administration is quietly pressing Mexico to accept asylum seekers from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela expelled from the U.S. under the World War II-era emergency public health law Title 42.

  • HIAS Steps Up to Help Asylum Seekers, Migrants Bused and Flown From Border States

    HIAS is working to help coordinate the humanitarian response as the governors of Texas, Arizona, and Florida continue to send thousands of migrants on buses, and now, airplanes, to states perceived as more welcoming to immigrants.

  • HIAS Welcomes DHS Announcement Ending “Remain in Mexico” Program

    HIAS welcomes the news that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ending the Migrant Protection Protocols and will no longer enroll those seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border in MPP, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” program. This week’s announcement came after a U.S. District Court lifted an injunction that had blocked implementation of a June 30th U.S. Supreme Court ruling, where a 5-4 majority found that the Biden Administration did not violate federal immigration law with its decision to terminate MPP.

  • HIAS Commends Congress for Introducing Afghan Adjustment Act

    HIAS applauds today’s introduction in the House of Representatives and Sunday’s introduction in the Senate – both with strong bipartisan support – of an Afghan Adjustment Act (AAA), legislation that would allow refugees evacuated from Afghanistan a year ago to apply for permanent status after being admitted to the U.S. under humanitarian parole.

  • Commonpoint Queens, HIAS to Partner on Refugee Resettlement in NYC Area

    Commonpoint Queens and HIAS today announced that they will partner to provide resettlement and other vital services for refugees in and around New York City. Starting this fall, Commonpoint Queens will join HIAS’ U.S. Resettlement Network as an affiliate, and HIAS resettlement staff will join the team at the Queens-based nonprofit to deliver services currently provided by HIAS in New York.

  • HIAS Launches Information Helpline to Answer Public’s Questions on Refugee Issues

    HIAS today announced the launch of a new information helpline service to answer questions related to resettlement and general legal information for refugees and asylum seekers. The helpline at 1-800-HIAS-714 (1-800-442-7714) will provide the most current information regarding assistance for displaced Ukrainians, Afghan resettlement, the U.S.-Mexico border, and the Lautenberg program for members of historically persecuted religious minority groups.

  • HIAS Welcomes High Court Ruling Allowing Biden to End “Remain in Mexico”

    HIAS welcomes today’s 5-4 Supreme Court ruling that the Biden Administration did not violate federal immigration law with its decision to end the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) for those seeking asylum at the southern border, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” program.

  • HIAS National Board Welcomes New Chair, Vice Chair, and Five New Members

    HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization that provides critical support to refugees, is pleased to announce the election of Jeff Blattner as chair, and Jane Ginns as vice chair, of its board of directors, and the appointment of five new board members: Julius Genachowski, Danny Grossman, Steven Koltai, Melody McCoy and Stephanie Mudick. 

  • Don’t Forget Displacement Crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean, Civil Society Organizations Say

    The Coalition LAC RMD urges states, the international donor community and United Nations agencies not to lose sight of the fact that Latin America and the Caribbean continue to face the greatest displacement crisis in recent history, as much of the world turns its focus to the refugee crisis unleashed by the war in Ukraine. The situation in Latin America and the Caribbean has been exacerbated by the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which have left the region with a significant increase in both poverty and extreme poverty.