Statement by Governor Hutchinson on the arrival of Afghan refugees in RA
Governor Asa Hutchinson has been informed by the Biden administration that Afghan refugees are being resettled in the state of Arkansas. The governor issued a statement this Thursday afternoon, September 16, 2021, upon receipt of this notification.
Governor Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement on the resettlement of Afghan refugees in Arkansas.
“I received a notification from the White House that Arkansas has been assigned up to 98 Afghan refugee cases. While we await specific information, I have been made aware of the enhanced security checks and comprehensive health examinations, admission and vaccinations that are being implemented by our federal partners. We expect Afghan refugees in the near future and more are arriving as they are assigned to state resettlement agencies by their national parent organizations. Refugee resettlement is assisted by faith-based organizations and local sponsors to ensure that refugees successfully integrate into life in Arkansas.
“These refugees have supported the United States for the past 20 years. We want to help relocate these allies for their protection and the protection of their families from the certain danger they will face if they stay in Afghanistan.