U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

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.

The Refugee Convention at 70

Jul 30, 2021

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention of 1951, the international legal document which was intended to ensure solutions for refugees.

Wolf Blitzer: Welcome and Help Refugees

CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the son of Holocaust survivors who came to the United States with the help of HIAS, speaks about how Americans of all religions welcomed his family to the country and the need f

Why American Jews Must Aid Refugees

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield speaks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about why the American Jewish community should support refugees of all religions in finding safety in the United States.