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Statements & Press Releases

  • HIAS Decries Decision by Gov. Abbott to Block Refugee Resettlement in Texas

    This afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that he will not provide consent to allow refugee resettlement to continue in Texas.

  • HIAS, CWS, LIRS File Suit Against Trump Administration

    Today, three refugee resettlement agencies, HIAS, Church World Service (CWS), and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), filed suit to challenge President Trump’s recent executive order giving state and local officials authority to block refugee resettlement in their jurisdictions.

  • Statement on Refugee Protection Act

    Silver Spring, Md. Today, Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Zoe Lofgren introduced the Refugee Protection Act (S.2936).

  • Statement on MPP Policy for U.S. House Homeland Security Committee

    Statement submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security Hearing on Examining the Human Rights and Legal Implications of DHS’ ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy November 19, 2019:

  • Statement on FY20 Refugee Admissions

    SILVER SPRING, Md.— On November 1, President Trump made official the refugee resettlement ceiling of 18,000 for Fiscal Ye

  • Statement on Pittsburgh Attack, One Year Later

    HIAS mourns the 11 people murdered one year ago on October 27 while praying in the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue in the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States.

  • HIAS Condemns Attack in Germany

    SILVER SPRING, Md. – HIAS condemns the attempted attack on a German synagogue yesterday and offers condolences to the families of two persons killed in related shootings.

  • Statement on Executive Order Allowing States to Ban Refugees

    Silver Spring, Md.--Yesterday President Trump signed an executive order that, for the first time, gives states an

  • HIAS Opens Five New International Offices

    HIAS is opening new offices in Mexico, Peru, Colombia, and Aruba, countries experiencing an unprecedented influx of refugees and asylum seekers. Also, a new HIAS office in Belgium will engage the European Jewish community and develop ties to EU institutions. With this expansion, the organization’s network now reaches 15 countries across the United States, Mexico, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

  • HIAS Statement on Proposed FY20 Refugee Admissions of 18,000

    Silver Spring, Md.–Today the Trump administration announced it intends to lower the refugee admissions ceiling for Fiscal Year 2020 to 18,000. Last year, the president set the number at 30,000, which was then the lowest number in the history of the U.S.