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  • 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.

  • HIAS Joins 170 Jewish Organizations Urging US to Meet Refugee Goal

    HIAS has joined 170 national, state and local Jewish organizations and institutions in urging the United States to meet the refugee resettlement admissions goal of 30,000 for fiscal year 2019 and to return to historic norms next year.

  • HIAS Statement on El Paso and Dayton Shootings

    Silver Spring, Md.--HIAS is deeply saddened by the mass shootings this weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. All of us at HIAS stand in solidarity with those who are mourning the loss of friends, family, and neighbors.   

  • HIAS Statement on Senate Judiciary Vote on Asylum Bill

    SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Today the Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senator Lindsey Graham’s asylum bill, S. 1494, the Secure and Protect Act of 2019, out of committee. The bill will now move to the Senate floor for a vote. 

  • More Than 1,400 Jewish Clergy Sign Petition to Protect Asylum Seekers

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A delegation of rabbis, attorneys, and advocates gathered in D.C. last week to deliver a petition signed by 1,400-plus Jewish clergy members to elected officials, calling on them to protect the essential legal right to seek asylum in the U.S.

  • HIAS Statement on U.S. Refugee Admissions

    Yesterday, news broke that the Trump administration is considering lowering the Fiscal Year 2020 refugee admissions ceiling to as low as zero.

  • HIAS Statement on Administration's New Rule on Barring Asylum

    SILVER SPRING, Md. -- This morning, the Trump administration released a new rule that will ban individuals at the southern border from seeking asylum if they fail to apply for asylum in at least one country they passed through while traveling to the United States.

  • HIAS Statement on ICE Raids

    HIAS condemns ICE raids on immigrants in the United States as unnecessary and inhumane.

  • HIAS Joins 25 Faith-Based Orgs Committed to Dignity of Refugees

    Reinforcing the traditional role of faith communities in offering sanctuary to refugees, more than 25 faith-based actors express their further commitment to upholding the dignity of refugees through offering effective protection, access to social services and fulfilment of human rights and enhancing peacebuilding efforts.