Advocacy

The Real Costs of Trump’s Proposed Budget for Refugees

May 25, 2017

Trump's 2018 budget proposal slashes programs that assist refugees both domestically and abroad. The numbers laid out in this budget also imply a reduction in the number of refugees to be welcomed to the U.S. next year.

TPS Extension for Haitians Offers Short-Term Relief

May 22, 2017

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.

HIAS Statement to the House Committee on the Judiciary on H.R. 2431

May 18, 2017

The Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act, HR2431, unwisely delegates the enforcement of our national immigration laws to state and local law enforcement agencies despite demonstrated instances of profiling and subsequent weakening of community safety.

ADL, Hebrew Union College Honor HIAS’ Work On Behalf of Refugees

May 09, 2017

This week, HIAS was recognized by the American Jewish community on back to back days for its 136-year history protecting refugees.

What the Omnibus Means for Refugees

May 05, 2017

Today President Trump signed into law a $1.1 trillion government spending bill to keep the government running through September 30. Within that massive bill are items of particular importance for refugees who, after fleeing war and persecution, have either found safety abroad or are beginning new lives in the United States.

Texas Bill Creates More Fear and Uncertainty for Refugees and Immigrants

May 05, 2017

"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."

New D.C. City Council Resolution Honors Jewish Refugees

May 02, 2017

D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau co-introduced a resolution designating May 13 as “Remember the St. Louis Day,” as a reminder of the tragic consequences of the United States closing its doors on refugees and asylum seekers.

HIAS Praises $2 Million Supplemental Funding For New York State Resettlement Agencies

Apr 19, 2017

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..."

Hundreds Rally for Refugees in DC

Mar 31, 2017

“We in this room tonight are part of an even larger national movement for refugees.” said Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, vice president of community engagement at HIAS. “Literally tens of thousands of Jews are supporting and welcoming and advocating on behalf of refugees.”

Members of Congress Visit HIAS HQ To Express Support For Refugees

Mar 20, 2017

On Monday, March 20, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD 8th District) and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) both visited HIAS headquarters to express support for refugees.

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