HIAS Responds to Omnibus’ Omission of Refugee Language

WASHINGTON — In response to the omission of any language related to Syrian refugees in the spending bill under consideration in Congress, HIAS Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer issued the following statement:
"We’re very pleased to see an end of year spending bill that does not needlessly attack the U.S. refugee resettlement program, which offers hope to victims of violence and persecution stuck in situations that are truly untenable. In the past few months, thousands of Americans have called their representatives to express their support for refugees, and I think today we are seeing the result of that grassroots support. Hopefully, this is a sign that 2016 will be a more welcoming year.”
Earlier this month, HIAS released a national rabbinic letter in support of welcoming refugees, which has been signed by more than 1,200 rabbis from around the country.

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