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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.

A New Holiday In a New Country: Refugees Celebrate Their First Thanksgiving

Nov 24, 2020

Sofia and Julio both arrived with their families in the United States this year, and they're looking forward to their first taste of this quintessentially American holiday.

Senator Cardin Hopeful for Change on Immigration, Refugee Resettlement

Nov 13, 2020

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) told an audience of more than 350 on a HIAS-hosted post-election briefing call that he is confident the incoming Biden administration will set a new course, and restore refugee resettlement and repair America’s broken asylum system.

HIAS Congratulates President-Elect Biden

A message from HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield on the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Once Refugees, Now Veterans

Nov 09, 2020

This Veterans Day, HIAS is highlighting the service of refugees in the U.S. armed forces.

Congratulations to President-Elect Joe Biden

Nov 07, 2020

After a tense nationwide wait since Election Day, HIAS congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Election Day stickers in Ohio

‘My Opinion Matters Now': Asylees and Refugees Celebrate Their First Votes in the U.S.

Nov 03, 2020

Voting for the first time is a momentous occasion for former asylum seekers like Ed Beetar and refugees like Mohamed Abdirahman, both of whom became citizens just this year.