Washington (CNN) — Some 37,000 Afghan refugees, who have arrived or will arrive in the United States after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, will be resettled in various states across the country, with California and Texas having the highest allocations, a White House official said. to CNN.
According to that official, the allocations to each state were made under the new Afghanistan Assistance and Placement Program (APA) and were based on the initial 37,000 arrivals. Under the plan, California and Texas will have the highest allocations: 5,255 and 4,481, respectively. Washington, Oklahoma, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New York and Virginia also plan to resettle more than 1,000 Afghan refugees. Mississippi and Alabama are projected to resettle the fewest Afghans – 10 each.
“The purpose of the APA Program is to provide newly arrived Afghans with initial relocation services as they begin to rebuild their lives in the United States,” the official said. “These services will be provided through local refugee resettlement agencies across the country.”
The official said the number “may increase over time depending on the capacity shared by state refugee coordinators and local resettlement agencies.”
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The White House has already informed governors about the number of Afghan refugees they can expect to be resettled in their states in the coming weeks, the administration official told CNN.
Former Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Acting Former Head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Bob Fenton, who oversee resettlement efforts, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and other senior White House officials made the calls to governors Wednesday, the official said.
“Most of the Afghans who will be resettled in the United States have worked directly with the US on its mission in Afghanistan, including in military, diplomatic and development efforts, or are relatives of someone who did,” the official said.
“Thousands more of this group worked as journalists, human rights activists or humanitarian workers and had careers that put them at risk, making them eligible for P1 or P2 visas.”
The official said that “many more” are relatives of US citizens and holders of green cards.
Resettlement will begin in the coming weeks after arriving Afghans receive medical examinations and immunizations, such as against measles, mumps and rubella, at military bases abroad, the official said.
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