US Advocacy

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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WATCH: Asylum, An Essential Lifeline

Jun 25, 2019

Asylum is in the news a lot these days. Borders closed, children forcibly separated from parents, people detained in cages. Yet, many of us still don’t know what asylum really means and how it works. Watch our new video to learn more.

Small and Mighty: Utah Assembly Shows Strength and Welcome

May 30, 2019

The recent Jews for Refugees Assembly in Salt Lake City helped people to learn more about refugee issues in their local area and to raise their voice together as part of the broader American Jewish movement for refugees.
20 Jun

Welcome Home Jersey City Celebrates World Refugee Day
World Refugee Day is a call to action to raise our collective voices in support of refugees at a time when there has never been a greater need. Join us to hear the stories of refugees and learn how to advocate for them, to make new friends, and to have some fun!

HIAS on the Hill: Advocacy Days in D.C.

Feb 14, 2019

More than 50 people from around the country came to Washington, D.C., this week to advocate for refugees in the halls of the U.S. Congress.

HIAS Statement on Possible Executive Action Restricting Asylum

Oct 26, 2018

Individuals who arrive in the U.S. with a credible fear of persecution if returned home must have their claims heard. HIAS calls on the Administration to respect the rule of law, and ensure a fair and humane process for all asylum seekers who arrive at our borders and seek protection.

LISTEN: Mark Hetfield Discusses Refugee Cap on All Things Considered

Sep 18, 2018

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with HIAS President and CEO Mark J. Hetfield about the Trump administration's newly proposed 30,000 cap on U.S. refugee admissions for the 2019 fiscal year.

270 Elected Officials Urge President to Admit At Least 30,000 More Refugees Than FY2018

Aug 09, 2018

270 local and state elected officials expressed their support for resettling refugees in their communities in a bipartisan letter sent to President Trump on Tuesday. Organized by HIAS and supported by partner refugee advocacy organizations, the letter urges the President to resettle at least 75,000 refugees in FY2019.

270 Elected Leaders Call on President to Admit 75,000 Refugees in 2019

Aug 09, 2018

With the end of the federal fiscal year just around the corner, President Trump is expected to soon announce the number of refugees to be admitted to the United States in 2019. This number, known as the Presidential Determination, is decided annually by the President in consultation with Congress, and historically signals to the world the nation’s commitment to help refugees fleeing violence and persecution.

What You Can Do Right Now to Protect Asylum Seekers

Jul 05, 2018

This is the moment to stand up and speak out.

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