Refugee Resettlement

HIAS in NYT: President Biden, Thousands of Refugees Are Waiting On You

May 19, 2021

In a guest essay for the New York Times, HIAS officials Melanie Nezer and León Rodríguez explain why fixing refugee resettlement requires far more effort from both the Biden administration and Congress.

President Biden Fulfills Pledge to Raise Refugee Admissions Cap to 62,500

May 03, 2021

WASHINGTON — On May 3, President Biden officially raised the U.S.’ refugee admissions cap for this fiscal year from an all-time low of 15,000 to 62,500. HIAS commends the Biden administration for taking this long-overdue action and acknowledging the vocal public support for refugee...

Opinion: Biden’s Inertia Means Congress Must Act On Refugees

May 02, 2021

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield says Congress must make it impossible for future presidents to block refugees from coming to the United States.

What a Dramatic Day in Resettlement Means for Refugees

Apr 20, 2021

A disappointing announcement on refugee resettlement by President Biden sparked a major public backlash and quick reversal. Here's what happened.

Looking Back, Giving Back: A HIAS Volunteer Pays Forward

Apr 19, 2021

Twenty years ago Inna Zubashko came to the U.S. from Ukraine. HIAS gave Inna the time and the tools to learn English and prepare for entering the workforce. Now she's giving back.

HBO's John Oliver Takes Biden to Task Over Refugee Admissions

Apr 12, 2021

HBO's John Oliver sounded off about President Biden not raising this year’s refugee admissions cap as promised.

HIAS Welcomes Introduction of GRACE Act

Mar 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The past four years have seen dramatic declines in the number of refugees resettled in the United States. The Trump administration repeatedly slashed the U.S.’ annual refugee admission cap, eventually setting it an all-time low of just 15,000; the Biden administration has yet to...

Jewish Rally For Refugees

Nearly 1,000 people representing Jewish organizations from across the New York metropolitan area braved winter weather to show their support for welcoming refugees in Mahattan's Battery Park on Feb

CBS' Bianna Golodryga On Her Family's HIAS History

After the 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, CBS correspondent Bianna Golodryga shared her own family's story of being resettled by HIAS in the United States.

Debra Messing and Mandana Dayani: Supporting Refugees is a Core Jewish Value

Feb 21, 2021

Former HIAS client Mandana Dayani and her good friend, actress and activist Debra Messing, joined HIAS and Holocaust Museum LA for the series "Welcome to Paradise: Refugees at Home in LA."