Former Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton, along with first ladies, governors, mayors and military leaders, fled the country for the United States due to the Taliban regime as part of an aid effort being launched Tuesday to welcome Afghan refugees and help support.
why it matters: The US evacuated more than 65,000 Afghans during its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the Biden administration will now have to process and resettle thousands of families across the country in the coming weeks.
What are they saying: Welcome.US, the aid effort, said in a press release that it aims to “engage Americans and mobilize support for Afghan refugees in all areas.”
- “Welcome.US provides a single point of entry for Americans who are involved by donating supplies, money or time, by offering temporary housing and other assistance, or by sponsoring Afghan families to rebuild their lives in the United States. want to be,” the group said.
former President Obama, Bush and Clinton, along with former First Lady Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, will serve as honorary co-chairs of Welcome.US.
- The organization will also include a bipartisan group of governors, including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D), and other leaders.
big picture: The already complicated process of resettling thousands of people has been thrown into further jeopardy by the coronavirus pandemic and the country’s broken immigration system, Nerdshala’ Steph Kite reports.
- The Biden administration expects 65,000 Afghans to arrive by the end of September, with 30,000 more arriving during the fiscal year beginning October 1.
go in: Afghanistan’s cash crunch exacerbates humanitarian crisis