Afghan refugees continue to fill Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is already receiving those who fled from Kabul.

News 12 Staff

Aug 27, 2021, 2:22 AM

Updated 972 days ago

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One of the four military bases Afghan refugees are being sent to is in Jersey City.
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is already receiving those who fled from Kabul.
Welcome Home New Jersey is already preparing for what could be an influx of housing needed for the Afghan refugees landing in New Jersey.
"We could have a family moving in this weekend. We could have a family moving in in two weeks," said Alan Mentha, the executive director of the organization.
The nonprofit has been personally touched by what's happening in Afghanistan.
"Our translator, she's trying to get her family out and they were waiting at one of the gates to the airport. And her father fainted, and so they left an hour before the bombs went off," Mentha said.
He says he could get a call at any time from the International Rescue Committee. They'll send word of families who'll need resettlement. The organization also assists with jobs and transportation.
Mentha explained his job is not to assimilate, it's to integrate within American society.
"We don't want to change the way they eat or the way they worship. We do want them to participate in civic society here. We want them to become familiar with how to talk with teachers, use the supermarket," he said.


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