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WASHINGTON — In advance of President Barack Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, HIAS and 30 members of InterAction—the largest U.S. alliance of international NGOs—announced a three-year pledge to collectively invest $1.2 billion in private resources on global humanitarian assistance efforts.
WASHINGTON—In response to the Obama Administration’s plans to resettle 110,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2017, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield issued the following statement:
“All across the country, local Jewish communities are acting on their values and insisting as Americans and as Jews that desperate families be given the chance to rebuild their lives in safety. Together, we are refusing to be silent bystanders at this historic moment," said Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Vice President of Community Engagement at HIAS.
- WASHINGTON—This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a ruling that would send 28 Central American asylum-seeking mothers and their children back to the countries from which they fled.
- WASHINGTON—U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Alice Wells announced on Sunday that the United States will this week reach its year-long resettlement goal of bringing 10,000 Syrian refugees to America.
Today the Department of Justice announced a plan to end its use of private prisons because they are less safe and less effective than government run prison facilities. HIAS urges the Department of Homeland Security to immediately follow DOJ’s lead.
“Not that long ago, Jews who resettled to the United States hoping simply to build a life in freedom and safety with their families were met with suspicion and mistrust. So for the American Jewish community, the thought of barring a refugee family because of their religion or home country is simply unpalatable,” said Melanie Nezer, vice president for policy and advocacy at HIAS.
“We’re very pleased to see the United States take concrete action to address the ongoing crisis in the Northern Triangle," said HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield. "The violence and suffering in that region of the world are acute, and we hope this will be the first of many steps taken to offer much needed assistance there. We also hope the United States will soon do more for Central American asylum seekers here, allowing them to access asylum and not keep them in detention."
“The Refugee Protection Act proposes thoughtful, effective, and much needed solutions to these problems and will ensure that fairness is restored to the asylum system,” said Melanie Nezer, HIAS’ Vice President for Policy and Advocacy.
“The global refugee crisis is not just in the Middle East and Europe, it’s here in our own front yard,” said Melanie Nezer, HIAS’ vice president for policy and advocacy. “The U.S. government’s deterrence-focused response is ineffective, and creates even more hazardous conditions for asylum seekers. The legislation introduced is a critical step toward ensuring that families fleeing persecution and violence in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras have increased access to resettlement and protection. We strongly urge the Senate to pass this bill and reaffirm the United States’ longstanding commitment to providing refuge to the most vulnerable.”