U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

Supporting in the Ninth: HIAS Files Amicus Brief in Challenge to Refugee Ban

Feb 06, 2017

Late Sunday night, HIAS filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in the case of Washington v. Trump, currently before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. “The Executive Order has fractured many refugee families whose safety and desire for unification were already fragile,” notes the brief.

Refugee Ban's Devastating Impact

Feb 01, 2017

"Can you please tell Mr. Trump that I have two sisters that are supposed to come here next month and they can't come if he signs the ban?” asked seven-year-old Sierra, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. "He doesn't have to be scared of refugees because they are just people like us and they need a safe place to live just like we do."

HIAS Outraged by Executive Order Suspending Refugee Resettlement Program

Jan 27, 2017

“With the stroke of a pen, Donald Trump has abdicated American values and American leadership on welcoming refugees,” said Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees.

Trump’s Planned Action on Refugees is a Betrayal of American Values

Jan 26, 2017

WASHINGTON—President Trump is considering issuing an executive order barring the resettlement of refugees from several Muslim-majority countries, calling for “extreme vetting” and reducing the number of refugee admissions in the United States from 110,000 to 50,000, according to leaked documents...

What You Should Know When Candidates Talk About Refugees

Oct 10, 2016

With the global refugee crisis at the forefront of the discourse related to a presidential election for the first time in recent history, we felt it was necessary to set the record straight on some crucial points.

WATCH: Senators Make Emotional Case for Helping Refugees

Sep 28, 2016

“I just think that this is really a matter of values when you come right down to it, and I think our country is enriched by refugees like my grandfather,” said Senator Al Franken (D-MN). “I think we have to do a gut check here, and see who we are as a people.”

HIAS Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Sep 27, 2016

In advance of a September 28, 2016, congressional hearing on the Obama administration's plans for the U.S. refugee resettlement program for fiscal year 2017, HIAS submitted a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.

UPDATE: HIAS Joins 70 Texas Rabbis in Urging Gov. Abbott to Continue Welcoming Refugees

Sep 21, 2016

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced his intention to withdraw from the United States refugee resettlement program, although Texas has welcomed more refugees in recent years than any other state.

VIDEO: HIAS’ Mark Hetfield and Melanie Nezer Brief Foreign Press Members

Sep 15, 2016

Ahead of two momentous summits on the global refugee crisis, HIAS CEO and Pres Mark Hetfield and VP of Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer briefed foreign press at the New York Foreign Press Center of the U.S. Dept. of State.

Hitting Important Milestone, U.S. Resettles 10,000th Syrian Refugee

Aug 29, 2016

The U.S. will reach an important milestone this week for refugees. The Obama Administration announced today that it will meet its goal of welcoming at least 10,000 Syrian refugees before the end of September, part of its response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria created by years of an unrelenting civil war.