U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

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.

From Flight to Safety: The Refugee Resettlement Journey

The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is a lifeline to people around the world whose lives are in danger because of who they are, where they are from, or what they believe.

HIAS in NYT: President Biden, Thousands of Refugees Are Waiting On You

May 19, 2021

In a guest essay for the New York Times, HIAS officials Melanie Nezer and León Rodríguez explain why fixing refugee resettlement requires far more effort from both the Biden administration and Congress.

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...

Opinion: Biden’s Inertia Means Congress Must Act On Refugees

May 02, 2021

HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield says Congress must make it impossible for future presidents to block refugees from coming to the United States.

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...