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“On behalf of the entire HIAS family, I would like to express our deep shock and sadness at the tragic loss of Nabra Hassanen this past weekend."
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the injunction on the parts of the March 6 executive order that would suspend entry of nationals from the six designated countries, suspend refugee admissions for 120 days, and cap the number of refugees to be admitted this fiscal year at 50,000.
“The groundswell of public protest against the bans has been inspiring and unrelenting. The people have spoken, as has the judicial branch,” said Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS. The courts have reaffirmed that HIAS' challenge to this unconstitutional order will likely succeed, and communities across the country continue to stand up against the Muslim ban.”
“In the midst of the greatest refugee crisis in history, this proposal inexplicably seeks a reduced U.S. response to the most pressing humanitarian disaster of our time—the forcible displacement of more than 65 million people,” said HIAS Vice President for Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer.
Leon Rodriguez Joins Lana Alman, Gary Hirschberg, Ilan Rosenberg and Ari Rudolph as Newest Members of HIAS Board of Directors
Leon Rodriguez joins Lana Alman, Gary Hirschberg, Ilan Rosenberg and Ari Rudolph as newest members of HIAS' Board of Directors, as Dale Schwartz, Benita Fair Langsdorf and Neil Moss rotate off.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly announced a six-month extension of temporary protected status (TPS) for Haitians, but did not guarantee it will continue TPS for Haitians after January 22, 2018.
"This bill will not make anyone safer," said Melanie Nezer, HIAS' Vice President for Policy and Advocacy. "Instead, it will add to an atmosphere of fear where refugees, immigrants, and U.S. citizens distrust the local law enforcement officers who are supposed to be keeping their communities safe."
“Singling out certain people based solely on their immigration status sets a dangerous new direction for our society," said HIAS president and CEO Mark Hetfield.
HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield issued the following statement: “We are pleased to see that the 2017-2018 New York state budget includes $2 million to support agencies that provide critical support for refugees and asylees across the state..."
“The Trump administration must welcome and protect Syrian refugees and asylum seekers who are desperately seeking safe haven from the terrible violence inflicted at the hands of their own government. HIAS will continue to advocate for the safety and dignity of refugees, and we hope yesterday’s action is a signal that the Trump administration will change course when it comes to assisting this vulnerable population.”