U.S. Advocacy

Reports of U.S. Plan to Reunite Ukrainians Raise Concerns for HIAS

Apr 13, 2022

SILVER SPRING, Md. — HIAS welcomes an expected announcement from the Biden Administration that some Ukrainians fleeing war will soon be able to join families and friends in the U.S., but we remain concerned that admissions through individual sponsorship will include a wealth test and may...

After More Than Two Years, Title 42 Set to End May 23

Apr 08, 2022

After over two years of preventing asylum seekers from exercising their right to seek asylum at the U.S. border, Title 42, a World War II-era public health law invoked by the Trump administration ostensibly to prevent the spread of COVID-19, is finally set to end on May 23.

Last Evacuated Afghans Leave U.S. Bases, But More Work Remains

Feb 22, 2022

Just days after the six month anniversary of the fall of Kabul, the last Afghan refugees who made it to America have finally left U.S. military bases. This historic moment was just part of a larger — and still ongoing — historic response by resettlement agencies and communities across the U.S., which includes HIAS and its affiliate network.

Title 42: Over a Million Expulsions and No End in Sight

Sep 23, 2021

Title 42 has largely closed America’s borders to refugees and asylum seekers. When the pandemic hit, Trump administration invoked the 75-year-old public health law that, they claimed, gave immigration authorities the power to expel migrants without providing them their legally mandated opportunity to seek protection in the U.S.

125k Proposed Refugee Admissions Cap is an Important First Step

Sep 20, 2021

Today the Biden administration informed Congress that it intends to increase the refugee admissions cap, also known as the Presidential Determination (PD), from 62,500 to 125,000 for fiscal year 2022, which starts on October 1. "This is the right thing for refugees and the right thing for the country,” said Naomi Steinberg, HIAS Vice President, Policy and Advocacy.

Joint Letter to President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas and Attorney General Garland on Title 42

Sep 20, 2021

HIAS, along with 70 other organizations, has signed a letter demanding that the Biden administration "immediately end its embrace, defense, and advancement of illegal and cruel Trump administration policies that harm families and people seeking protection and bolster xenophobic rhetoric by treating people seeking protection as threats."

Public Briefing - The Crisis in Afghanistan

HIAS President & CEO Mark Hetfield, Senior VP Programs Raphael Marcus and Program Manager Yalda Afif discuss the current crisis in Afghanistan and how HIAS is responding.

HIAS Set to Assist Afghan Evacuees

Aug 18, 2021

With the final troop pull out of Afghanistan and sudden humanitarian crisis, HIAS and our U.S. affiliates are preparing to provide immediate help for those who arrive.

Historic First for Asylees in California

Jul 20, 2021

California is set to be the first state in the nation to introduce case management services for asylees.

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.

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