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Statements & Press Releases

  • Joint Letter to Designate Afghanistan for DED or TPS

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization, along with 103 other organizations, has signed a letter calling on the Biden administration to designate Afghanistan for DED or TPS to provide needed protection to evacuated Afghans, their families, and all Afghan immigrants living in the United States. TPS provides l

  • Congress Approves Funding for Afghan Arrivals

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — HIAS applauds the passage of the FY 2022 Continuing Resolution (HR5305) to fund the federal government through December 3, 2021, which includes $6.3 billion for Afghan humanitarian parolees.

  • Joint Letter to President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas and Attorney General Garland on Title 42

    HIAS, along with 70 other organizations, has signed a letter demanding that the Biden administration "immediately end its embrace, defense, and advancement of illegal and cruel Trump administration policies that harm families and people seeking protection and bolster xenophobic rhetoric by treating people seeking protection as threats."

  • 125k Proposed Refugee Admissions Cap is an Important First Step

    Today the Biden administration informed Congress that it intends to increase the refugee admissions cap, also known as the Presidential Determination (PD), from 62,500 to 125,000 for fiscal year 2022, which starts on October 1. "This is the right thing for refugees and the right thing for the country,” said Naomi Steinberg, HIAS Vice President, Policy and Advocacy.

  • ​More than 200 Jewish Orgs and Congregations Call on Biden Admin to Appoint Afghan Refugee Special Envoy

    More than 200 Jewish community organizations and congregations, led by HIAS, signed a letter calling on the Biden administration to appoint a special envoy for Afghan refugees.

  • HIAS Statement on Afghanistan Crisis

    The unfolding situation in Afghanistan is devastating. We’re watching in real time as a humanitarian crisis engulfs the country, and desperation and panic strike untold numbers of Afghans whose safety is now at extreme risk.

  • HIAS Update on Worsening Situation in Afghanistan

    HIAS is closely following the heartbreaking situation that is unfolding in Afghanistan.

  • HIAS Applauds U.S. Congressional Action to Help Afghans

    HIAS applauds the passage of the emergency security supplemental bill today by the Senate and the House, which includes funding for Afghan refugee assistance and increased support for Afghan nationals at risk as a result of the U.S. military withdrawal.

  • HIAS Alarmed by Administration's Comments on Asylum Seekers

    HIAS is alarmed by the Biden administration’s latest comments on asylum seekers.

  • HIAS Disappointed By DACA Ruling

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — On July 16, a federal judge in Texas ruled against the Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. This disappointing decision means yet more uncertainty and fear for young people hoping to build stable lives in the country they already call home.