U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

A Global Perspective on the Modern Perils of Seeking Asylum

May 05, 2020

The international human rights system is fragile—HIAS will continue to represent, advocate, and litigate for something better and more rights-compliant.

HIAS Partners Find Ways to Stay Connected to Clients During Pandemic

Apr 28, 2020

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, resettlement agencies in the HIAS affiliate network across the U.S. are finding ways to stay connected with their clients.

On the 40th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980

Mar 16, 2020

Forty years ago, in the highest expression of the American spirit, Congress passed the Refugee Act of 1980, landmark legislation that established the U.S. refugee resettlement program and asylum system.

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” ...

Austin, TX Jews for Refugees Assembly, Feb. 2, 2020

Austin Assembly Rallies Support For Asylum Seekers

Feb 04, 2020

The Austin Jews for Refugees Assembly brought the Austin Jewish community together with elected officials and more than 35 local organizations.

Judge Blocks Order Allowing State, Local Officials to Veto Resettlement

Jan 15, 2020

(Greenbelt, MD) – Today, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit HIAS v. Trump, blocking an executive order that for the first time in the history of the U.S. refugee resettlement program gave state and local officials the power to veto resettlement in their jurisdictions. The judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, three faith-based resettlement agencies, HIAS, Church World Service (CWS), and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), whose work and mission have been directly impacted and harmed by the order.

HIAS Decries Decision by Gov. Abbott to Block Refugee Resettlement in Texas

Jan 10, 2020

This afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that he will not provide consent to allow refugee resettlement to continue in Texas. This makes Abbott the first governor to block resettlement since President Trump...

HIAS, Refugee Agencies, Argue Against Trump Executive Order

Jan 08, 2020

Oral arguments were heard in HIAS v. Trump, as the executive order allowing state and local officials to stop refugees from being resettled in their jurisdictions was challenged in court.

2019 YEAR IN REVIEW: Determination and Global Growth

Dec 26, 2019

2019 saw HIAS open new international offices, continue its work of fighting for refugees and asylum seekers, and hold the Trump administration accountable for its anti-immigration actions.

HIAS, Refugee Agencies Sue Pres. Trump Over Executive Order

Nov 21, 2019

HIAS, together with two other refugee resettlement agencies, are taking President Trump to court over his recent executive order giving state and local officials authority to block refugee resettlement in their jurisdictions.

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