More than 300 refugees are expected to arrive in Connecticut over the next two weeks.
HARTFORD, Connecticut – Gov. Ned Lamont will announce details on Friday of what will happen when the state accepts approximately 300 refugees from Afghanistan in the coming weeks.
The White House informed Lamont on Wednesday that Connecticut will soon be asked to accept up to 310 Afghan refugees for resettlement.
The governor will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. today.
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“I welcome these people with open arms to our wonderful state,” Lamont said in a statement earlier this week. “In anticipation of this moment, I have asked the Connecticut Department of Social Services, under the leadership of Commissioner Deidre Gifford, to work with our state, federal and local government partners to ensure that all necessary resources are available and ready to support these men, women and children making the long journey to Connecticut from Afghanistan.
He continued, “It is our obligation and our duty to ensure that these Afghan refugees feel welcome in our state, and we will work to ensure that they have everything they need, food and a shelter for education and vocational training.
The US Department of Homeland Security has assured the state that these people will all have been screened, in addition to having all the necessary vaccinations, including for COVID-19, according to Lamont.
“These evacuees have been our allies and have supported our country for years, and it’s our turn to return the favor. Connecticut has a heritage of being there for those in need, and we are proud to respond to the call, ”he added.
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In a statement, US Senator Chris Murphy said the state has always welcomed refugees with “open arms” and is proud that the legacy can continue.
“The Afghan men, women and children who arrive in our state have fled violence and persecution to seek a better life in America,” he said. “Many have stood with US forces, risking their own safety to help our troops and build a better Afghanistan. It is our moral duty to help these families rebuild their lives in Connecticut.
He continued, “My team is ready to help those who have just arrived and continues to help those who are still trying to leave Afghanistan. To everyone coming to Connecticut: welcome home.
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Meanwhile, US Senator Richard Blumenthal said earlier this week that immigrant advocacy groups were working to find them permanent homes in the state.
He added that he was pushing Congress to approve assistance with housing, employment and other services for refugees. Resettlement agencies, including two in Connecticut, will be responsible for finding permanent homes for the refugees.
The state of Connecticut has also joined Welcome.US, a bipartisan organization committed to helping Afghan refugees resettle.
Doug Stewart is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. He can be contacted at [email protected].
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