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Sponsor a refugee: US asks public to personally support resettlement of Afghan families

Posted On: Dec 2, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Airman first class Luis Miranda of the United States Air Force greets children among evacuees from Afghanistan living in temporary accommodation at Ramstein Air Base on September 20, 2021 in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany.
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Nearly half of Afghans living on US military bases are children.
US law prevents many from receiving the same benefits as refugees.
The new program aims to cover their expenses for the first 90 days.
Many of the 53,000 people evacuated in the hasty US exodus from Afghanistan are legally barred from receiving the full suite of assistance available to those who came to the country as formal refugees. So now the State Department is asking Americans to step up. In a statement on Monday , Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the launch of a new initiative, the Sponsor Circle Program, that asks citizens to help ease the transition of Afghans - with money, housing, and jobs. "The program will enable groups of individuals to form sponsor circles to provide initial...

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