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VIDEO: A Brief History Of The Presidential Determination

Aug 07, 2017

In the next few weeks, President Trump will announce the Presidential Determination for 2018. Learn why refugee supporters are pushing for a PD of at least 75,000 refugees.

HIAS Statement on the House Judiciary Committee on H.R. 391, “The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017”

Jul 26, 2017

HIAS—the American Jewish community's global refugee organization—believes that an asylum system that is fair, effective, and humane honors both our country’s history and reflects the deeply-held American tradition of offering a chance at a new beginning to those who face persecution.

HIAS Welcomes Introduction of Bipartisan DREAM Act

Jul 20, 2017

HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, applauds introduction of the DREAM Act in the 115th Congress. If passed, this legislation will allow certain eligible undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually U.S. citizenship.

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.