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Statements & Press Releases

  • HIAS Condemns Shameful Anti-Refugee Rhetoric

    “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.

  • 50+ Synagogues and Jewish Organizations Hold #JewsforRefugees Assembly in New York

    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.

  • HIAS Joins 31 Organizations in $1.2 Billion Refugee and Humanitarian Assistance Pledge

    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.

  • HIAS Responds to Administration’s Plans to Accept 110,000 Refugees in FY 2017

    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:

  • Nearly 200 U.S. Congregations Pledge Support for Refugees

    “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.

  • HIAS Alarmed by Third Circuit Ruling Denying Constitutional Protections to Asylum Seekers

    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.

  • HIAS Statement on Syrian Resettlement Milestone

    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.

  • HIAS Calls on DHS to End its Use of Privately Operated Prisons

    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.

  • HIAS Statement on “Political Tests” for Refugees and Immigrants

    “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.

  • HIAS Praises Expanded Protection for Central American Refugees

    “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."