U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

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.

HIAS Officials Speak at UCIRF Hearing

On Feb. 10, 2021, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom held a virtual hearing about ways the U.S.

Biden Administration Announcements on Refugees Are Welcome News

Feb 04, 2021

WASHINGTON — In the first days of the Biden administration, HIAS has been encouraged by the new president’s swift and positive actions to welcome refugees. His pledge today to raise the annual refugee admissions cap in consultation with Congress is another much-needed step toward repairing the U...

More than 1,000 Jewish Clergy: Ensure Refugees and Asylum Seekers Are Welcome in the United States

Feb 01, 2021

SILVER SPRING, Md. — As the Biden administration begins to repair the damage done over the past four years to the immigration system in the United States, HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization for refugees and asylum seekers, is sharing the views of more than 1,100 members of...

Refugee Advocates Will Press Biden, Congress For Major Changes

Jan 29, 2021

“We cannot be complacent just because Joe Biden is in the White House,” said Naomi Steinberg, HIAS’ vice president of policy and advocacy.

Resettlement Agencies Across the U.S. Are Ready to Rebuild

Jan 26, 2021

As the Trump administration shrank refugee admissions to a trickle, many refugee resettlement organizations shrank as well. Now those groups must repair their ability to welcome new arrivals.

The Work Ahead: What's Next For The New Administration

Jan 20, 2021

The start of the Biden administration offers new hope for refugees and asylum seekers, but repairing the immigration system will take time and immense effort.

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