Report: More Than 5,200 Afghan Evacuees To Be Resettled In California

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SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) — California is projected to instrumentality much Afghan evacuees than immoderate different — much than 5,200 people, according to State Department information for the Afghan Placement and Assistance programme obtained by The Associated Press.

The Biden medication began notifying governors and authorities exile coordinators crossed the state astir however many evacuees from among the archetypal radical of astir 37,000 arrivals are slated to beryllium resettled successful their states.

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Alabama and Mississippi are each slated to invited 10, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Hawaii, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and the District of Columbia are not expected to resettle anyone from the archetypal radical of evacuees who fled during the last days of the chaotic U.S. withdrawal past month.

The medication has requested backing from Congress to assistance resettle 65,000 Afghans successful the United States by the extremity of this period and 95,000 by September 2022. President Joe Biden tapped the erstwhile politician of his location authorities of Delaware, Jack Markell, to temporarily service arsenic his constituent idiosyncratic connected resettling Afghan evacuees successful the United States.

States with a historically ample fig of Afghans who resettled successful the U.S. implicit the past 20 years — including California, Maryland, Texas and Virginia — are again welcoming a disproportionate fig of evacuees, according to the data. Many gravitate to bluish Virginia, the Maryland suburbs of D.C. and bluish California — immoderate of the astir costly lodging markets successful the country.

Earlier successful September, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state’s legislative leaders requested $16.7 cardinal to assistance resettle refugees.

Oklahoma, which implicit the people of the 20-year warfare had resettled a comparatively tiny fig of Afghans, is slated to resettle 1,800 caller arrivals.

Many of the caller evacuees requested to beryllium resettled successful those states due to the fact that they already person household and adjacent friends surviving successful those states, according to 2 U.S. officials who spoke connected the information of anonymity to sermon the calls to authorities authorities officials. Resettlement agencies besides person a ample beingness and capableness successful galore of those states.

The State Department resettled evacuees based connected the proposal of section affiliates of 9 nationalist resettlement agencies the U.S. authorities is moving with, the officials said.

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The officials said Afghan evacuees are advised that different parts of the state — including areas with plentiful occupation openings and cheaper lodging — could beryllium bully places to statesman their caller lives successful the U.S.

The Afghan evacuees spell done a Department of Homeland Security-coordinated process of information vetting earlier being admitted. And each evacuee who comes into the United States besides goes done wellness screening. Evacuees who are 12 and older are required to get the COVID-19 vaccination arsenic a word of their humanitarian parolee presumption aft entering the country.
Still, determination person been unexpected complications.

U.S.-bound flights for evacuees who had been staying temporarily successful third-country processing sites were halted past week aft measles cases were discovered among respective Afghans who had precocious arrived successful the U.S.

Some of the caller Afghan arrivals could besides look a pugnacious roadworthy up if Congress doesn’t instrumentality enactment to dainty them arsenic refugees arriving successful the U.S.

The Afghan evacuees are not presently eligible for nutrient stamps, currency assistance done the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programme for debased income families, Medicaid oregon different accepted exile services that are funded done the Department of Health and Human Services.

However, successful California, immoderate arriving refugees are perchance eligible for Medi-Cal and state-funded assistance but lone those arriving with children are eligible for CalWORKs, the state-funded nationalist assistance program.

Currently, each Afghan evacuee is slated to person $1,225 to assistance with rent, furnishings and nutrient and supply a tiny magnitude of pouch money. Biden has called connected Congress to instrumentality enactment to guarantee that the caller arrivals person entree to the aforesaid benefits arsenic refugees.

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