U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

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...

Hetfield in Washington Post: Bring Ukrainian Refugees to U.S. the Right Way

Mar 21, 2022

In a Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post, HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield argues the U.S. should bring Ukrainians into the country as refugees.

From Parwan Province to Ohio, Blazing a Trail

Feb 09, 2022

The late ‘90s sitcom “The Drew Carey Show” was filmed in the comedian’s hometown, each episode opening with the upbeat anthem “Cleveland Rocks.” With pride, the sitcom tapped into the city’s broad seam of self-deprecating humor. It was clear that locals loved their town and, while happy to laugh at it themselves, would defend it against any critic.

Refugee Agencies Prepared for Afghan Resettlement

Sep 20, 2021

Resettlement organizations across the United States, including many HIAS affiliates, are prepared, and continuing to prepare for the resettlement of Afghan refugees. Volunteers have offered unprecedented amounts of time, money and furniture.

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.

Afghan Humanitarian Parolees Are Refugees, Hetfield Writes to Washington Post

Sep 20, 2021

In a letter to the editor of the Washington Post, Mark Hetfield argued that Afghan humanitarian parolees should have access to the same rights and benefits as refugees.
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"There is No Process" for Arriving Afghans, Hetfield tells CNN

Aug 30, 2021

There is no clear way to process arriving Afghans, Mark Hetfield told CNN.

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.

Across America, Refugee Resettlement Ramps Back Up

Aug 05, 2021

Refugees are once again arriving in the United States in higher numbers, and resettlement agencies are working hard to grow and meet their needs.