Sponsor a refugee: US asks public to personally support resettlement of Afghan families
- Nearly half of Afghans living on US military bases are children.
- US law prevents many from receiving the same benefits as
Many of the 53,000 people evacuated in the hasty US exodus from
In a statement on Monday, Secretary of State
"The program will enable groups of individuals to form sponsor circles to provide initial resettlement assistance to Afghans as they arrive and build new lives in local communities across the country," Blinken said.
The way it works: Five or more adults sign up to form a support group for an Afghan family, helping them get out of one of the US military bases where many currently reside after having undergone extensive background checks. This "sponsor circle" is then asked to come up with $2,275 for each resettled person; its members also agree to help provide food and shelter, as well as assistance navigating US bureaucracy and finding steady employment.
Nearly half of Afghans living on US military bases are children, The Wall Street Journal reported this month.
"Veterans, faith groups, and Americans all around the country are ready and eager to welcome Afghans into their communities, and sponsor circles are a new tool to support Afghans as they rebuild their lives in the United States," Elizabeth Foydel, the group's sponsorship program director, said in a statement.
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