U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

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...

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.

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