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Over 1,000 Afghan refugees could be coming to New York

Sep 16, 2021 1:21 pm

Nick Reisman reports at New York State of Politics that up to 1,143 Afghan refugees could be relocating to New York, said Gov. Kathy Hochul on Sept. 16. The number of refugees is based on new guidance by the U.S. Department of State, Hochul said. That number includes about 100 people in the Albany area. "New York has a storied history of welcoming those seeking a safe haven from violence and persecution — a proud tradition our state continues today by helping evacuees from Afghanistan rebuild," Gov. Hochul said. "The heart-wrenching images and stories of people fleeing their homeland were a call to action that New York State is more than willing to answer. We welcome our new Afghan friends with open arms and pledge to provide them the assistance they can rely on to rebuild anew." The United States gave up on a 20-year war in Afghanistan recently, after thousands of citizen and military deaths, and trillions of taxpayer dollars spent. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.