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Statements & Press Releases

  • HIAS Welcomes MPP Termination Memo

    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued a memo Friday re-terminating the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The policy, also known as “Remain in Mexico,” was created in 2019 and forced many asylum seekers at the U.S. southern border to wait for their asylum hearings in unsafe conditions in Mexico, rather than in the United States.

  • CARE Partners with HIAS to Provide Cash Assistance to Afghan Families Resettled in the U.S.

    HIAS and CARE today announced a partnership to help assist families from Afghanistan recently resettled in the United States. CARE will provide up to $1,000 in cash to families, to help fill in the gaps that government assistance doesn’t cover.

  • HIAS Announces Expansion of Refugee Resettlement Network in 7 Cities

    The Department of State has approved seven new resettlement locations that will be part of HIAS’ national resettlement network to help provide homes and support for refugees when they arrive in the United States. HIAS is now helping refugees in 24 metropolitan areas across the country.

  • HIAS Disappointed by MPP Resumption

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization, is disappointed in the Biden administration’s decision to resume the Migration Protection Protocols, or MPP.

  • National U.S. Jewish Organizations Urge End to Title 42

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization, joined 16 other Jewish organizations in a letter to the Biden Administration urging an end to the use of Title 42 to rapidly expel asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. The letter stated not only is Title 42 in violation of U.S.

  • Refugee Cap for FY2022 Set at 125,000

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — President Biden today raised the number of refugees to be admitted to the U.S. this fiscal year to 125,000. 

  • Joint Letter to Designate Afghanistan for DED or TPS

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization, along with 103 other organizations, has signed a letter calling on the Biden administration to designate Afghanistan for DED or TPS to provide needed protection to evacuated Afghans, their families, and all Afghan immigrants living in the United States. TPS provides l

  • Congress Approves Funding for Afghan Arrivals

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — HIAS applauds the passage of the FY 2022 Continuing Resolution (HR5305) to fund the federal government through December 3, 2021, which includes $6.3 billion for Afghan humanitarian parolees.

  • Joint Letter to President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas and Attorney General Garland on Title 42

    HIAS, along with 70 other organizations, has signed a letter demanding that the Biden administration "immediately end its embrace, defense, and advancement of illegal and cruel Trump administration policies that harm families and people seeking protection and bolster xenophobic rhetoric by treating people seeking protection as threats."

  • 125k Proposed Refugee Admissions Cap is an Important First Step

    Today the Biden administration informed Congress that it intends to increase the refugee admissions cap, also known as the Presidential Determination (PD), from 62,500 to 125,000 for fiscal year 2022, which starts on October 1. "This is the right thing for refugees and the right thing for the country,” said Naomi Steinberg, HIAS Vice President, Policy and Advocacy.