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Statements & Press Releases

  • HIAS Welcomes The End of 'Remain In Mexico' Policy

    On June 1, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas issued a memorandum officially terminating the Remain in Mexico program. Formally referred to as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, the Remain in Mexico program forced more than 71,000 asylum seekers to wait in dangerous areas of Mexico for their asylum cases to be heard.

  • HIAS Ecuador Director Sabrina Lustgarten Named Global Executive Vice President

    HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization, announced that Sabrina Lustgarten, previously the head of HIAS Ecuador, is now serving in the newly established position of executive vice president at the organization’s headquarters.

  • President Biden Fulfills Pledge to Raise Refugee Admissions Cap to 62,500

    WASHINGTON — On May 3, President Biden officially raised the U.S.’ refugee admissions cap for this fiscal year from an all-time low of 15,000 to 62,500. HIAS commends the Biden administration for taking this long-overdue action and acknowledging the vocal public support for refugee resettlement.

  • HIAS Receives New York Bar Foundation Grant

    The New York Bar Foundation recently presented a grant of $9,159 to HIAS. The grant will be used to support their Justice for All: Empowering Refugees and Asylees through assimilation, self-advocacy, and permanence program.

  • HIAS Welcomes House Passage of NO BAN Act

    WASHINGTON — HIAS applauds the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the NO BAN Act, which was approved by a 218 to 208 vote on Wednesday.

  • HIAS Statement on Conviction of Derek Chauvin

    WASHINGTON — Today, a jury in Minneapolis found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd.

  • President Biden Breaks Promise to Raise Refugee Admissions Cap

    WASHINGTON — On April 16, President Biden announced the U.S.’ refugee admissions cap for this fiscal year will remain at the all-time low of 15,000 set by the Trump administration. At the same time, the president is ending the existing discriminatory quotas on the number of refugees who can be resettled from certain countries.

  • HIAS Welcomes Introduction of GRACE Act

    WASHINGTON — The past four years have seen dramatic declines in the number of refugees resettled in the United States. The Trump administration repeatedly slashed the U.S.’ annual refugee admission cap, eventually setting it an all-time low of just 15,000; the Biden administration has yet to raise that number.

  • Dream And Promise Act Wins House Approval

    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives took an important step forward in making the U.S. immigration system more humane by passing H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act.

  • HIAS Appalled By Atlanta Killings

    All of us at HIAS are heartbroken by the murders that took place yesterday in Atlanta. We are appalled by the increase in racially motivated hate crimes targeting Asian American and Pacific Islander, or AAPI, persons. While the investigation into these killings has just begun, it seems that misogyny also motivated these murders.