We are a nation of welcomers – called to meet this extraordinary moment.
The United States has long been a beacon of hope for newcomers from around the world. For generations, millions of Americans who started out as refugees have made incredible contributions to our country. The same will be true for this generation. But first, they need our help.
The U.S. has evacuated thousands of Afghans who will soon enter the country.
Many of these allies and their families aided American diplomatic, military, or civic agencies as interpreters, translators, professionals, or other support personnel – and are actively at risk of persecution by the Taliban.
Some are US citizens born or living in Afghanistan, some are seeking Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) status or designation as refugees fleeing persecution, and others qualify for “humanitarian parolee” status, which has been done in other military evacuations.
No matter which legal route an Afghan family follows to get to the United States, all will benefit from welcome and support while they resettle and start new lives here in the United States.
We have a long history of welcoming newcomers.
We have been a place of refuge since the first European settlers came to the New World fleeing religious persecution.
We are rightfully proud of the times we have offered a safe harbor, as we did after World War II, Vietnam, and other conflicts.
Being a place that offers safety and a future during hard times has helped make us who we are as a nation.
Refugees strengthen our communities in countless ways.
Refugees have thrived at all levels of American society and culture – from Madeleine Albright to Albert Einstein, Gloria Estefan to Luol Deng, and Viet Thanh Nguyen to Wyclef Jean.
About 70 percent of American residents who started as refugees are essential workers. About 10,000 residents who started as refugees have served in the military. And over 180,000 refugee-owned businesses generate more than $4.6B into local economies annually.
As one refugee sponsor said, sponsoring a new neighbor was “the best thing I’ve ever done.”
You can help.
Support the growing movement to help our new Afghan neighbors start new lives here. We need you now more than ever.