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Walz administration: Minnesota stands ready to welcome Afghan refugees

Aug 21, 2021 05:17AM ● By Editor

Photo: Courtesy of Shelter for Life International. Refugees fleeing the Taliban gather in a camp in Afghanistan.

From KSTP - August 19, 2021 

In a letter to President Joe Biden on Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan addressed their commitment to working with the federal government to continue Minnesota's long history of welcoming refugees by assisting with the resettlement of Afghan individuals and families.

This comes after the United States pulled soldiers from the area, and the Taliban responded by taking over Kabul and surrounding cities in Afghanistan. Many have fled the country in the aftermath to seek refuge elsewhere.

Walz is the co-chair of the bipartisan Council of Governors and a 24-year veteran of the National Guard, during which time he served in a role supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

See the full letter sent to the president below.

Dear President Biden:

Like people across the globe, Minnesotans have watched the events unfolding in Afghanistan with grief and sadness. Minnesotans believe in treating all people with respect and dignity, and we have a strong tradition of welcoming those who seek refuge and supporting them to rebuild their lives and become part of our communities. Minnesota is eager to uphold that tradition by welcoming families and children and providing the stable foundation they need to rebuild their lives, achieve their highest potential, and contribute to our state.

You may already be aware that in the past Minnesota has stepped forward to help those who are fleeing desperate situations and need a safe place to call home. New Minnesotans strengthen our communities and contribute to the social fabric of our state. They are our neighbors.

We stand ready to work with you and your administration to welcome families as this effort to provide safety and refuge continues. 


Tim Walz

Peggy Flanagan
Lt. Governor

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