Sununu Preparing to House Afghan Refugees in NH
Gov. Chris Sununu said New Hampshire is submitting proposals to accept Afghan refugees after their arrival in the United States.
Over 21,000 Afghan refugees have arrived in the U.S. in the past two weeks with 50,000 expected by September 15, U.S. Northern Command Air Force Gen. Glen VanHerck told Fox News. They have been staying at the Joint Base Dix-McGuire-Lakehurst in New Jersey, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Fort Bliss, Texas and Fort Lee, Virginia.
The state's two resettlement agencies are in the process of submitting their proposals to accept refugees to New Hampshire, according to a statement to WMUR.
"We stand ready to support their efforts now more than ever in helping Afghan refugees who sacrificed their lives to help the United States military in Afghanistan," Sununu said in his statement.
Maine Gov. Janet Mills earlier expressed interest in housing refugees as well. President Joe Biden canceled a meeting on Thursday with governors who expressed interest in hosting refugees in their respective states. It's not known if Sununu and Mills were scheduled to be part of the meeting.
The State Department told Seacoast Current that given the circumstances in Afghanistan a blanket humanitarian exemption was granted for pre-departure COVID testing.
Upon their arrival the refugees receive a full medical screening that includes a COVID-19 test. The refugees are encouraged to follow CDC protocols while at U.S. bases.
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