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“The Secretary of Health and Human Services is responsible for overseeing the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which puts him in charge of providing for the basic needs of refugees when they first arrive in the United States," said Melanie Nezer, HIAS VP for Policy and Advocacy. “HIAS urges senators to ask how Congressman Price will provide these services in the midst of severe funding shortfalls. We need to know that Rep. Price is committed to doing everything in his power to fight for funding and basic services for refugees and the communities across the country that welcome and support them.”
"This bill is an important step in offering refugees—particularly those who have survived horrific ISIS atrocities—a chance to restart their lives in safety," said Melanie Nezer, HIAS vice president for policy and advocacy. "It shows the United States' commitment to religious freedom and to rescuing survivors of genocide."
“As we face the largest refugee crisis since World War II, we need leaders who will uphold America’s proud legacy of protecting and welcoming refugees and who will respect the rights of everyone in America, including refugees and immigrants,” said Melanie Nezer, HIAS vice president for policy and advocacy. HIAS is urging senators to carefully consider how President-Elect Trump’s nominees for the next attorney general, secretary of state, and secretary of homeland security will treat refugees and immigrants before voting to confirm them.
Any registry based on race, religion, or national origin is un-American and threatens the most fundamental values of our country. HIAS, the global Jewish organization for refugees, is particularly concerned about discriminatory policies that divide people and target certain groups,” said Melanie Nezer, vice president for policy and advocacy at HIAS.
HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, is horrified by the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Syria at the hands of Syrian government forces and their allies in eastern Aleppo.
HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, today called on President-elect Donald J. Trump to uphold the United States’ longstanding policy of protecting refugees.
Guterres previously served as the prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 until December 2015. Pending formal approval from the 193-member General Assembly, he will become the ninth U.N. secretary general when Ban Ki-moon’s second five-year term comes to a close at the end of this year.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced his intention to withdraw from the United States refugee resettlement program, although Texas has welcomed more refugees in recent years than any other state.
“Minimizing the human cost of the most severe refugee crisis in history is shameful in any context. When refugees—people who leave their entire lives behind simply in search of safety—are politicized and used to fan the toxic flames of xenophobia, we have an obligation to let our leaders know it is unacceptable," said HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield.
NEW YORK -- On Wednesday evening, more than 50 synagogues and communal organizations and over 200 individuals representing New York’s Jewish community came together in support of refugees.