Advocacy

HIAS Statement on Supreme Court Order

Jul 19, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court denied the Trump administration's motion to clarify the Court’s June 26 order, but stayed a key part of the district court decision. Read HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield's response.

Tracking The Refugee Ban

Jul 18, 2017

The whirlwind of refugee-related executive orders, legal actions and court rulings up to this point can seem like a blur. So, how did we get here? Click to see a timeline recapping the lifespan of the refugee ban from the day it was signed through the Trump administration’s most recent appeal to the Supreme Court.

The Refugee Ban Is In Effect. Now What?

Jul 13, 2017

“As a Jewish organization that protects refugees, we are reminded of the other shameful times in our history when America slammed its door shut on people fleeing for their lives.”

HIAS Responds to U.S. Reaching Resettlement Cap of 50,000 Refugees, and Refugee Ban Going Into Effect

Jul 12, 2017

As a result, dozens of refugees whose travel to the United States had already been booked past July 13 have had their travel canceled because they did not have a “bona fide” relationship as defined by the administration.

The TORCH Act Aims to Help Refugees Access Higher Education

Jun 28, 2017

“Many refugees have to start from scratch when they arrive in the U.S.," said Melanie Nezer, senior vice president for public affairs at HIAS. "With the TORCH Act, Representative Huffman lowers a huge barrier to education by allowing refugees access to in-state tuition so they can get on the path to self-sufficiency as soon as they can after arrival.”

Supreme Court to Hear Travel Ban Case in Fall

Jun 26, 2017

On Monday, June 26, the Supreme Court announced that it will grant the Trump Administration’s request to take up the legal challenges to the refugee and Muslim ban.

A 136-Year-Old Jewish Refugee Agency’s New Mission

Jun 15, 2017

Read JTA's profile on HIAS’ roots and rapid evolution under the Trump administration.

HIAS Statement to the House Judiciary Committee on HR 2826, “The Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act”

Jun 14, 2017

HIAS believes that The Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act, HR2826, is just the latest legislative attempt to dismantle the refugee resettlement program, which over the course of history has shown its effectiveness in providing safety to refugees while vetting out those that seek to cause harm.

HIAS Statement to the House Judiciary Committee on HR 495, “The Protection of Children Act”

Jun 14, 2017

HR 495 negatively impacts the protections and procedures in place for the fair treatment of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border to seek safety in the U.S.

SLIDESHOW: Nationwide St. Louis Vigils

Jun 07, 2017

On the 78th anniversary of MS St. Louis being turned back to Europe, vigils were held across the country to say: never again.

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