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Statements & Press Releases

  • 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.

  • 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.