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  • HIAS Applauds Latest Court Ruling Blocking Trump's Refugee Ban

    WASHINGTON—A federal judge in Hawaii has once again ruled on the Trump Administration’s revised executive order, impacting the immediate future of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. The ruling allows the refugee resettlement program to continue reuniting families and offering shelter to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

  • #JewsForRefugees Assembly to Unite Hundreds of Advocates in D.C.

    On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, hundreds of advocates will gather at Adas Israel Congregation to demonstrate the overwhelming support for welcoming refugees in the Greater Washington D.C. Jewish community.

  • Government to Appeal HIAS Challenge to Trump’s Muslim Ban

    “As the world’s oldest refugee resettlement agency, HIAS is prepared to remain true to American and Jewish values by pursuing this legal challenge as long as necessary to protect the American tradition of welcoming the vulnerable and persecuted,” Hetfield said.

  • HIAS Statement in Response to Federal Court Ruling in Maryland

    “We asked the court to intervene in order to protect thousands of refugees’ lives. While we are encouraged by Judge Chuang’s recognition of the un-Constitutional and cruel nature of Trump’s Muslim ban, we will continue to press the court to go as far as Hawaii and block the refugee provisions of the order, which are the other half of the Muslim ban," said HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield.

  • HIAS Statement on Temporary Restraining Order of Refugee Ban

    "Tonight's ruling will save lives. Rather than slamming the United States' doors on those seeking safe haven, the rule of law, and this country's legacy of welcome, prevailed. While is is a temporary measure, we are pleased that the court has recognized the irreparable harm done to refugees who are prevented from finding safety in this country, as well as to their families here in the U.S. who seek to be reunited with them."

  • HIAS Statement on New Executive Order Targeting Refugees

    In response to the second executive order, which will further reduce the number of refugees who will find a life in safety and freedom, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield issued the following statement: “The language of the ban is slightly changed, but the results for refugees are the same."

  • HIAS Files Preliminary Injunction Challenging Reduction of Refugee Admissions to 50,000

    Late last night, HIAS filed a motion asking for a preliminary injunction on President Trump’s reduction of the refugee admissions cap from 110,000 to 50,000 for Fiscal Year 2017.

  • New DHS Guidelines Put Asylum Seekers at Risk, Says HIAS

    WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security released guidelines today on immigration enforcement, alarming immigrants and advocates across the country.

  • DC Jewish Community Gathers for Havdalah in Support of Refugees

    The gathering, co-sponsored by Washington Hebrew and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, will include a traditional Havdalah service, speakers, readings, and music.

  • Hundreds to Gather for Jewish Rally for Refugees to Protest Muslim Ban

    The rally will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Castle Clinton in Battery Park, overlooking the Statue of Liberty.