U.S. halts refugee admissions, prioritizes resettling Afghan evacuees

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The State Department said on Monday that the US government is blocking the entry of refugees to prioritize processing and resettlement of the thousands of Afghan evacuees arriving in the coming months.

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why it matters: An initial group of 37,000 Afghan evacuees are set to arrive in 46 states, reports Nerdshala’ Stef Kight. Rehabilitation has come with a number of legal and logistical hurdles for the groups in charge of the effort.

  • According to the department, the government is temporarily giving priority to special immigrant visa holders, urgent cases and refugees who already have travel arrangements in place.

description: The temporary programme, named Operation Allies Welcome, and a concurrent pause on other refugee admissions will run until January 11.

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What are they saying: “A spokesman for the agency told Nerdshala that the US government is committed to relocating thousands of Afghans from safe havens to communities across the country.

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