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Pima County libraries accepting donations for Afghan refugees

The Pima County Public Library's "Welcome to America" team is partnering with the groupsTucson Afghan Community and the International Rescue Committee to collect items for Afghan refugees making Tucson their new home. ... Read more»

Arizona gets $5.6 million from feds to assist newly arrived Afghan families

The federal government has sent more than $5.6 million to Arizona to help care for families that arrived in the Grand Canyon State after fleeing Afghanistan in 2021 when the nation’s government collapsed in the wake of the U.S. military’s withdrawal.... Read more»

Congress avoids government shutdown with passage of short-term funding plan

After hours of uncertainty and an unsuccessful bid by some Republicans to defund federal vaccine mandates, the Senate passed a short-term funding plan that staved off a government shutdown and gives lawmakers two more months to pass a long-term plan. ... Read more»

U.S. halts resettlement of new refugees, prioritizes release of Afghan evacuees

The federal government is pausing its resettlement program for refugees around the world through early January 2022 to prioritize services for thousands of Afghan evacuees who are expected to exit military bases and arrive in cities across the country in the coming months.... Read more»

Arizona expects 1,600 Afghan evacuees to arrive through March

The federal government has notified Arizona that it should expect 1,610 Afghan evacuees to arrive through the end of March, according to the state Department of Economic Security. ... Read more»

A tale of two tent cities: Comparing the Fort Bliss sites for Afghans and migrant children

The sites housing foreign nationals at Fort Bliss look similar - both a maze of white tents plopped onto dusty desert terrain - but while members of the media were able to explore the site housing Afghan nationals, the same cannot be said for the tent city for detained migrant children.... Read more»