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Stranded in Mexico: The Human Cost of Title 42

May 18, 2022

Ana and James, asylum seekers from Mexico and Haiti, fled to the U.S.-Mexico border in search of safety. Forced to remain in the most dangerous areas of Mexico under Title 42, both found danger and violence instead.

Supporting Afghan Evacuees, Jewish Communities Host Iftar Dinners

Apr 29, 2022

After just a few months of living in the U.S., Afghans resettled by Welcome Circles are navigating how to observe Ramadan in their new homes – and Welcome Circles are learning how best to support them.

U.S. “Uniting for Ukraine” Program May Help 100k, but Concerns Remain

Apr 26, 2022

HIAS’ April 25 briefing call explains the Biden Administration’s new Uniting for Ukraine plan to bring 100,000 people displaced by the war in Ukraine to the U.S. The plan raises concern for HIAS experts, but provides many opportunities for community involvement.

Demonstrators Outside Supreme Court Demand End to MPP

Apr 26, 2022

At a rally outside the Supreme Court where oral arguments took place on whether the Biden administration can end the MPP policy, activists called for the termination of the cruel program.

The ‘Afghan Man You Need To Know’ Works for HIAS Partner in Pittsburgh

Apr 19, 2022

In August 2021, Stars and Stripes’ Afghan journalist Zubair Babakarkhail spent 10 days trying to escape Taliban-occupied Kabul with his family. He talks to HIAS about leaving Afghanistan and the last seven months in Pittsburgh.

Tulsa Synagogue Welcomes Refugees and Their Stories to Seder

Apr 14, 2022

At Congregation B’nai Emunah in Tulsa, Oklahoma, refugee stories will be woven throughout this year’s Passover Seder – their first since becoming a HIAS Resettlement Partner.

Hetfield in Washington Post: Bring Ukrainian Refugees to U.S. the Right Way

Mar 21, 2022

In a Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield argues the U.S. should bring Ukrainians into the country as refugees.

Hetfield on CNN.com: U.S. Must Lead on Ukraine Refugees

Mar 15, 2022

HIAS CEO Mark Hetfield writes on CNN.com: It is getting late, but the Biden-Harris administration still has an opportunity to demonstrate American leadership by welcoming refugees.
Haitians cross the Rio Grande near Del Rio, Tx, Sept 20, 2021 (John Moore/Getty Images)

Report Card: The U.S. Asylum System After President Biden’s First Year

Jan 19, 2022

During his campaign, Joe Biden promised to reform our nation’s immigration system and recommit our country to welcoming asylum seekers and refugees. Despite some successes, the Biden administration has overseen a series of anti-asylum decisions. See our one year report card.

A Warm Welcome for Refugees in Tulsa

When a Tulsa synagogue approached HIAS in early 2021 and asked to become a resettlement partner, it didn’t make immediate sense.

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