U.S. Advocacy

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.

HIAS Applauds President Biden’s Quick Actions on Immigration

Jan 20, 2021

Shortly after taking office this afternoon, President Biden signed an executive order repealing the Trump administration’s travel bans, which barred people from many African and Muslim-majority countries from coming to the U.S. and also sent a sweeping immigration bill to Congress.

Action Call: Election 2020

Oct 20, 2020

The future of refugee resettlement and asylum hinge on the positions of the leaders we elect in November.

The U.S. Can — And Should — Take In More Refugees

Sep 10, 2020

We need to save the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and allow more refugees into the country this coming year.

Asylum, An Essential Lifeline

Asylum is in the news a lot these days. Borders closed, children forcibly separated from parents, people detained in cages.

Briefing: How Proposed Asylum Changes Threaten L.A. Asylum Seekers

Jul 13, 2020

A HIAS webinar about how newly proposed regulations threaten asylum as we know it, why protecting asylum is at the heart of the Jewish experience, and why doing so is central to addressing systemic racism and inequities.

Statement Submitted to House Judiciary Committee on "NO BAN Act"

Feb 11, 2020

Statement submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Markup of: H.R. 2214, the “National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act” or the “NO BAN Act” ...

Statement on Expansion of Travel Ban

Jan 31, 2020

SILVER SPRING, Md. – Today the Trump administration extended the reach of the travel ban to the United States, adding new restrictions on people coming from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.

Both History and Present Show Why We Should Help Refugees

Jan 27, 2020

One student tries to find new ways to get involved in the American Jewish movement for refugees and asylum seekers.

Update: More Than 1500 Jewish Clergy Sign Petition to Protect Asylum

Jul 23, 2019

More than 1400 Jewish clergy members signed a petition calling on elected officials to protect the legal right to seek asylum in the U.S., and on July 18, a delegation of rabbis, attorneys, and advocates went to Capitol Hill to deliver it to key members of Congress.

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