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Statements & Press Releases

  • Statement Submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Hearing

    Statement Submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Hearing:
    “The Current State of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program”

  • Statement Submitted to House Judiciary Committee on "NO BAN Act"

    Statement submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Markup of: H.R. 2214, the “National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act” or the “NO BAN Act” 

  • Major Settlement Secures Relief for Refugees Left Behind by Refugee Ban

    SEATTLE – Today, the government entered into a major settlement with plaintiffs in Jewish Family Service v.

  • Statement on Expansion of Travel Ban

    SILVER SPRING, Md. – Today the Trump administration extended the reach of the travel ban to the United States, adding new restrictions on people coming from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.

  • Statement on One-Year Anniversary of MPP

    SILVER SPRING, Md. – One year ago today the Administration began implementing the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), or “Remain in Mexico” program, which forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their court date in a United States immigration court.

  • Judge Blocks Order Allowing State, Local Officials to Veto Resettlement

    (Greenbelt, MD) – Today, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit HIAS v. Trump, blocking an executive order that for the first time in the history of the U.S. refugee resettlement program gave state and local officials the power to veto resettlement in their jurisdictions. The judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, three faith-based resettlement agencies, HIAS, Church World Service (CWS), and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), whose work and mission have been directly impacted and harmed by the order.

  • 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:

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