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Briefing: Proposed Changes to the U.S. Asylum System

Jul 09, 2020

Smita Dazzo, HIAS' director of legal services, and Naomi Steinberg, HIAS' vice president of policy and advocacy, explain proposed changes to the U.S. asylum system and how the public can help fight back.

Opinion: Asylum, Which Made the U.S. a Leader in Protecting Jews, Could Disappear

Jul 06, 2020

Sam Yebri, who was brought to the United States by HIAS, explains why Jews should fight on behalf of the asylum system.

HIAS Calls For Guardrailed Funding For U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Jul 01, 2020

SILVER SPRING, Md. — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, plays a crucial role in administering refugee admissions, asylum, naturalization of new Americans, and other programs that are central to our identity as a nation of immigrants and refugees. HIAS is deeply concerned about...

Remembering the Lessons of the St. Louis

Jun 05, 2020

HIAS sees the anniversary of the St. Louis as a time to not only examine the past but see the unfortunate parallels in the present.
Protesters outside the U.S. Supreme Court

COVID-19 Shows The Need For Strong Refugee Advocacy

May 20, 2020

From border policies to stimulus payments, HIAS is working to secure the rights and needs of refugees amid the pandemic.

Up Close and Personal at the U.S.-Mexico Border

May 05, 2020

A volunteer who went on a HIAS delegation to the U.S.-Mexico border just before the pandemic recalls his work and the emotional impact of the trip.

HIAS Partners Find Ways to Stay Connected to Clients During Pandemic

Apr 28, 2020

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, resettlement agencies in the HIAS affiliate network across the U.S. are finding ways to stay connected with their clients.

Refugee Act Co-Author Calls For Renewed Compassion

Mar 20, 2020

Nobody knows the importance of the refugee resettlement system better than former congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, who co-authored the Refugee Act of 1980 and helped establish the modern American system for welcoming the displaced.

On the 40th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980

Mar 16, 2020

Forty years ago, in the highest expression of the American spirit, Congress passed the Refugee Act of 1980, landmark legislation that established the U.S. refugee resettlement program and asylum system.
An injured migrant sits behind a barbed-wire fence at the border between Turkey and Greece.

Opinion: Both the E.U. and the United States Are Endangering Refugees

Mar 10, 2020

Refugees are being mistreated at the border between Turkey and Greece, and the situation is similar to the one at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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