to combat anti-immigrant rule changes

Here’s how you can advocate right now:


GREAT bills in the works!

Please contact your rep about advocating passage of these acts that support the rights of immigrants:

Senate Bills:

  • Families, Not Facilities Act (S.388)

  • Shut Down Child Prison Camps Act (S.397)

  • “SCAR” (Separation of Children Accountability Response) Act (S.9139)

House Bills:

  • Keep Families Together Act (HR.541)

  • Alternatives to Detention Act (HR.532)

  • Dire Legal Aid Act (HR.656)

  • “GRACE” (Guaranteed Refugee Admission Ceiling Enhancement) Act (HR.2146)


Section 1325 of the U.S. immigration code was crafted in 1929 by a self-professed white supremacist, Senator Coleman Blease. This law, which makes it a misdemeanor to cross the border without authorization, is the basis for Trump’s cruel family separation policy as well as the separation and jailing of immigrant families already living in the U.S. by ICE.

Classifying border crossings as a civil offense instead would prevent large-scale detention and end the practice of separating children from their parents. A repeal would also make it easier for undocumented immigrants to apply for asylum once in the U.S., meaning that instead of getting arrested and jailed indefinitely, undocumented immigrants would have access to family and legal supports while navigating their immigration status.

Learn more.

Comment by August 13!

Public comments are due on August 13th for the Health Care Rights Law/1557 NPRM from the administration that would roll back civil rights protections in health care, including for people who are limited English proficient.



things you can do:

  • Grace Act Sign-On Letter - The GRACE Act is legislation to restore U.S. leadership on refugee resettlement, setting a minimum floor for the annual refugee admissions cap at 95,000. Sign to show your support as a synagogue or as clergy

  • NO BAN ACT - The No Ban Act was introduced in Congress to repeal the Muslim Ban last month. Find out if your elected officials were co-sponsors in the Houseor Senate, and call or tweet to them letting them know you want them to sign on. you can also send HIAS’ Jewish organization letter, to show that there is wide Jewish support. 

  • Meet-up at the RAC's Consultation on Conscience in DC - If you're attending the RAC's Consultation on Conscience Conference this month, join Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, HIAS' Rabbi-in-Residence, for a Welcome Campaign meet-up on Monday, May 20th from 5:30pm-6:30pm at Cure Bar & Bistro in the Grand Hyatt hotel. Please RSVP to

  • If your congregation is planning a trip to the border, HIAS may be able to consult with your or offer planning resources. Please be in touch with

  • Legal Delegations to the Border - If you are interested in joining a future HIAS-led pro bono attorney delegation to the border, please fill out this form