U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

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...

What a Dramatic Day in Resettlement Means for Refugees

Apr 20, 2021

A disappointing announcement on refugee resettlement by President Biden sparked a major public backlash and quick reversal. Here's what happened.

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...

HBO's John Oliver Takes Biden to Task Over Refugee Admissions

Apr 12, 2021

HBO's John Oliver sounded off about President Biden not raising this year’s refugee admissions cap as promised.

HIAS Welcomes Introduction of GRACE Act

Mar 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The past four years have seen dramatic declines in the number of refugees resettled in the United States. The Trump administration repeatedly slashed the U.S.’ annual refugee admission cap, eventually setting it an all-time low of just 15,000; the Biden administration has yet to...

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' Community Engagement Sends Strong Message

Feb 16, 2021

HIAS’ community engagement team knows the start of a new presidency doesn't mean refugee advocates can take a break.

HIAS Officials Speak at UCIRF Hearing

On Feb. 10, 2021, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom held a virtual hearing about ways the U.S.

Biden Administration Announcements on Refugees Are Welcome News

Feb 04, 2021

WASHINGTON — In the first days of the Biden administration, HIAS has been encouraged by the new president’s swift and positive actions to welcome refugees. His pledge today to raise the annual refugee admissions cap in consultation with Congress is another much-needed step toward repairing the U...

More than 1,000 Jewish Clergy: Ensure Refugees and Asylum Seekers Are Welcome in the United States

Feb 01, 2021

SILVER SPRING, Md. — As the Biden administration begins to repair the damage done over the past four years to the immigration system in the United States, HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization for refugees and asylum seekers, is sharing the views of more than 1,100 members of...

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