Afghan Refugees Set to Start New Lives in US

Headline Roundup September 17th, 2021

The Biden administration this week unveiled its plan for resetting the initial 37,000 Afghan refugees who recently arrived in the United States. Under the new Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) Program, refugees will be resettled by state; California will receive the most (5,255), followed by Texas (4,481). At least ten other states will each resettle 1,000 more refugees. The U.S. completed its military withdrawal from Afghanistan on Aug. 31 but continues to evacuate U.S. residents and refugees alike amid the Taliban's return to power; more refugees will likely arrive and be resettled under APA. The initial resettlements will begin in several weeks after refugees undergo medical screening and immunizations at overseas military bases. 

Voices on all sides have expressed support for welcoming refugees. Right-rated sources have focused more on how refugees will be vetted by immigration officials, and how the means for them to resettle stably will be provided and funded. Some highlighted residents of areas where refugee resettlements are planned who expressed concerns about the refugees and the vetting process.

From the Center

The Biden administration notified governors and mayors on Wednesday of the number of Afghan evacuees their state is expected to receive in the coming weeks, two senior administration officials told Axios.

Why it matters: Although their exact immigration pathway is still unclear, an initial group of 37,000 Afghans will soon be headed to states across the country after many faced harrowing journeys from Afghanistan.

Former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D), who President Biden appointed on Friday to oversee Afghan resettlement, made calls to state and local leaders notifying them on the number of Afghans to...

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From the Left

The White House has informed governors about the number of Afghan refugees they can expect to be resettled in their states in coming weeks, an administration official told CNN Thursday.

Former Delaware governor Jack Markell and former FEMA acting head Bob Fenton, who are overseeing the resettlement efforts, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and other senior White House officials made the calls to the governors on Wednesday, the official said.

According to the official, the allocations to each state were made under the new Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) Program and were...

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From the Right

The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a three-year service plan for Afghan refugees entering the county as concerned residents discussed their hesitancy at the Sept. 14 meeting.

Krishna Murphy, an Orange County resident, told the board that immigrants are “highly valued members of society,” but he is concerned over who is being allowed in.

“Responding to the proposition that we accommodate refugees in Orange County, and I’m not against that in principle,” he said. “I think that America is the land of opportunity and America has prospered by the immigrants that have come...

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