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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...

President Biden Breaks Promise to Raise Refugee Admissions Cap

Apr 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — On April 16, President Biden announced the U.S.’ refugee admissions cap for this fiscal year will remain at the all-time low of 15,000 set by the Trump administration. At the same time, the president is ending the existing discriminatory quotas on the number of refugees who can be...

Good News and Bad News at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Apr 07, 2021

Some asylum seekers trapped in Mexico are finally being allowed into the United States, but other border policies are still causing serious harm to people in need of safety.

How (And Why) to Fix the U.S. Asylum and Refugee Systems

Mar 02, 2021

León Rodríguez, a HIAS board member and former director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, explains how to repair the damage to the asylum system and refugee resettlement.

Asylum Seekers Often Struggle to Find Health Care

Mar 02, 2021

Many asylum seekers and other non-citizens struggle to afford or even get access to health care, even in life-threatening situations.

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.

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