Welcome.US is a new organization aiming to help recent Afghan refugees find relief after evacuating their home country almost a month ago. Honorary co-chairs are former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama and former first ladies Hilary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. In a message posted on the Welcome.US website, the goal of the organization is “to lift up everyone else involved and remind us that this is our opportunity, in a time of all too much division, for common purpose.”
The official launch was this past Tuesday with members coming from all across the United States and from differing political backgrounds. There are former and current government officials from both parties, military leaders, business moguls, activists, and other organizations. Other co-chairs include Cecilia Muñoz and John Bridgeland who both served as directors of the White House Domestic Policy Council, under Obama and Bush respectively.
Last month, the Biden Administration evacuated more than 120,000 people from the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Now, they are tasked with resettling 65,000 Afghans in the US. Usually, the refugees complete a resettling process and then are connected with resettling agencies that aid in getting them long-term jobs and housing. However, due to so many people in need, the system needs help, which is what Welcome.US was created for. Already, businesses such as Walmart, Starbucks, and Instacart have pledged donations and meals, while AirBnB has supplied short-term housing for the refugees.
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