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HIAS Welcomes U.S. Citizenship Act

Feb 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Today, Democrats in Congress introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act, a bill incorporating President Biden’s legislative priorities on immigration. The bill would make America’s immigration...

HIAS Supports Introduction of Dream Act

Feb 04, 2021

WASHINGTON — Today, Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham introduced the Dream Act in the Senate. If passed, the bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million undocumented people, including current DACA recipients, those eligible to apply for DACA, and other immigrant youth...

Refugee Advocates Will Press Biden, Congress For Major Changes

Jan 29, 2021

“We cannot be complacent just because Joe Biden is in the White House,” said Naomi Steinberg, HIAS’ vice president of policy and advocacy.

HIAS Report Maps Process for Ending MPP, the “Humanitarian Disaster”

Jan 27, 2021

A new HIAS report, “Roadmap to Recovery: A Path Forward after the Remain in Mexico Program” offers comprehensive recommendations on how to end and dismantle MPP. The executive summary of the report was recently shared with the Biden transition team.

Resettlement Agencies Across the U.S. Are Ready to Rebuild

Jan 26, 2021

As the Trump administration shrank refugee admissions to a trickle, many refugee resettlement organizations shrank as well. Now those groups must repair their ability to welcome new arrivals.

The Work Ahead: What's Next For The New Administration

Jan 20, 2021

The start of the Biden administration offers new hope for refugees and asylum seekers, but repairing the immigration system will take time and immense effort.

Mark Hetfield on MSNBC: Refugee Ban is 'Vile'

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield discussed the Trump Administration's refugee ban on MSNBC on Jan. 29, 2017.


HIAS Statement on Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

Jan 07, 2021

WASHINGTON — In response to yesterday’s insurrection at the Capitol, HIAS released the following statement:

Yesterday’s insurrection at the United States Capitol was an assault on democracy and an attempt to overturn a fair election process, incited by the actions and words of the...

HIAS National Refugee Shabbat Message

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield shares a message for National Refugee Shabbat 5780/2020.

Opinion: A Biden Appointee Who Carries the Jewish Story Itself

Dec 09, 2020

In an op-ed originally published in New York Jewish Week, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield, writes about how former HIAS Board Member Alejandro Mayorkas, nominated to lead the Dept. of Homeland Security, is uniquely suited to lead the department and restore respect for human rights.