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Statements & Press Releases

  • Statement on Executive Order Allowing States to Ban Refugees

    Silver Spring, Md.--Yesterday President Trump signed an executive order that, for the first time, gives states an

  • HIAS Opens Five New International Offices

    HIAS is opening new offices in Mexico, Peru, Colombia, and Aruba, countries experiencing an unprecedented influx of refugees and asylum seekers. Also, a new HIAS office in Belgium will engage the European Jewish community and develop ties to EU institutions. With this expansion, the organization’s network now reaches 15 countries across the United States, Mexico, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

  • HIAS Statement on Proposed FY20 Refugee Admissions of 18,000

    Silver Spring, Md.–Today the Trump administration announced it intends to lower the refugee admissions ceiling for Fiscal Year 2020 to 18,000. Last year, the president set the number at 30,000, which was then the lowest number in the history of the U.S.

  • HIAS Europe Office Opens in Brussels

    HIAS, the Global Jewish Non-Profit that Protects Refugees, Expands European Presence 
    New Brussels office will support continued development of Jewish humanitarian organization.

  • HIAS Statement on El Salvador Asylum Agreement

    Silver Spring, Md.– On Friday, the Trump administration announced a new agreement with El Salvador. Under this deal, asylum seekers who travel through El Salvador on their way to the U.S.

  • Statement on Supreme Court Order on Asylum Ban

    Silver Spring, Md.–Yesterday, the Supreme Court allowed the “third country transit asylum ban” to go into effect. This means that asylum seekers from Central America and other countries can be denied access to the U.S.

  • HIAS Statement on Administration Removing Protections for Immigrant Children

    Silver Spring, Md.-- The Department of Homeland Security has published a rule in the Federal Register that, if implemented, would overturn the Flores Settlement Agreement, and reverse basic protections for immigrant children in this country. 

  • HIAS Statement on Attack on ICE Protesters in Rhode Island

    Silver Spring, MD– Yesterday, a group of protesters were hit by a truck as they peacefully protested against immigration detention conditions around the country.

  • HIAS Statement on Decision to Block Members of U.S. Congress from Israel

    Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS, the global Jewish organization that assists and protects refugees, issued the following statement in response to Israel’s decision to block Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) from visiting Israel and the West Bank.

  • HIAS Statement on "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” Final Rule

    Silver Spring, MD – Today, the Federal Register published the “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” final rule. If not blocked by the courts, this new policy will go into effect on October 15th.