Throughout our more than 135 years serving refugees, HIAS has routinely represented asylum seekers and immigrants in court and weighed in on pressing legal issues. Read more to learn about our legal work.


LISTEN: HIAS Briefing Call and Litigation Update

Mar 31, 2017

HIAS held a briefing call for supporters on Thursday, March 30, to discuss the ongoing litigation moving through the courts across the country in response to President Trump’s revised executive order, and ways to get involved in support of refugees.

Court Extends Hold on Trump Refugee Ban

Mar 30, 2017

Late Wednesday evening, the U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a ruling converting its temporary restraining order on the Trump Administration’s refugee and Muslim ban to a preliminary injunction, a victory for the many groups challenging the ban’s constitutionality and seeking to prevent harms that might be caused by its implementation.

HIAS Applauds Latest Court Ruling Blocking Trump's Refugee Ban

Mar 29, 2017

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...

Government to Appeal HIAS Challenge to Trump’s Muslim Ban

Mar 17, 2017

“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.

First Rulings in MuslimBan2.0 Challenge: What Do They Mean?

Mar 16, 2017

Today could have been the first day of a total ban on refugee arrivals to the United States under President Trump’s revised executive order. Instead, justice prevailed for refugees a second time, with decisions in two cases—our very own HIAS v. Trump case in Maryland and a case in Hawaii.

HIAS Statement in Response to Federal Court Ruling in Maryland

Mar 16, 2017

“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 v. Trump: Updates from the Courthouse

Mar 15, 2017

An emergency hearing was held today in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland, to hear a request by HIAS and others to block the revised executive order enacting President Trump’s refugee and Muslim ban. That ban is set to take effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 16, unless one of the three courts currently hearing challenges to the ban intervenes to restrain or enjoin the order.

HIAS Resumes Legal Challenge of Refugee Ban

Mar 10, 2017

“We are suing to save lives,” said HIAS Managing Attorney Liz Sweet. “If implemented, this revised Executive Order will create the same devastating consequences for tens of thousands of refugees who our government promised safety and freedom in the United States.”

HIAS Statement on New Executive Order Targeting Refugees

Mar 06, 2017

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 Amicus Brief Opposing Refugee Ban

Mar 03, 2017

On Wednesday night, HIAS filed an amicus or “friend of the court” brief in this case, in support of the plaintiffs. Our brief highlights some of the individuals who have been impacted by this order, to show the specific ways in which “the Executive Order is causing needless and unjustifiable irreparable harm to vulnerable refugees and their families.”