Maryland and Virginia are in the top five welcoming states… I’ve been told that the flow of these ‘special’ immigrants are helping to keep federal money flowing to the resettlement contractors*** as they are treated as refugees (but not counted as part of the 45,000 ceiling set by the President last September) and as such, … Continue reading Afghan special immigrant visa (SIV) holders and families enter US in high numbers
I heard recently that the refugee resettlement agencies (the big nine)*** which the State Department contracts to place refugees in your towns and cities were busy resettling ‘interpreters’ from Afghanistan and those federal payments were helping keep them financially afloat. So…I checked some numbers at Wrapsnet and was amazed by what I saw. Sure enough … Continue reading Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans help refugee contractors stay afloat
This little piece just came up in my alerts at Foreign Policy. I don’t know if the bills were voted on yesterday to extend the program, but its one more thing to watch for. Remember when I told you about the breakdown of who we would be bringing as “refugees” for 2013, here. SIVs were … Continue reading Special Immigrant Visas for Afghan interpreters to be extended
“We had really significant concerns about our ability to provide the level of support to help make that integration successful.” (Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen of Lutheran Social Services South Dakota) Wow! I can’t believe a refugee contractor is actually telling the truth! No, they don’t have the resources and neither does South Dakota or America for … Continue reading South Dakota one of Four States that won’t get Afghan Evacuees (yet!)
The other day I mentioned that you could check this list of existng resettlement sites and have a good idea if your community was going to be ‘welcoming’ Afghan evacuees and Special Immigrant Visa holders that Biden flew out of Afghanistan in the last week. Of course there are caveats. First, longtime readers know that … Continue reading Afghan Evacuees are Going to Kentucky etc. etc. etc….