Gov. Murphy says New Jersey to get 'significant' number of Afghans

Gov. Phil Murphy has told President Joe Biden that New Jersey is ready to welcome refugees as evacuations continue in Afghanistan.

News 12 Staff

Aug 23, 2021, 9:48 AM

Updated 965 days ago

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As evacuation efforts continue in Afghanistan, Gov. Phil Murphy is letting President Joe Biden know that New Jersey is ready to welcome refugees.
In a letter to the White House, Murphy wrote that he believes American allies in Afghanistan could make enormous contributions to the state’s culture, community and economy.
Murphy wrote in part, “Accepting these refugees honors the sacrifice made by veterans of the war in Afghanistan -- too many of whom died working towards the same goal sought by these refugees: stability and peace."
Murphy responded to questions about his letter at his Monday COVID-19 briefing.
“How many? I think a significant amount. I don’t have a precise number, but it is a significant amount,” Murphy said.
The governor added the refugees would be brought to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
“Col. Adams was very clear that priority No. 1 was safety and security of these folks, getting them cared for. We’ve obviously raised our hand and said any supplemental help you need. Everything from vaccinations, testing, all the way to working with nonprofits, baby formula and diapers,” Murphy said.
The governor also urged the president to speed up and expand the special immigration visa program to expedite the process.
U.S. Northern Command said in a tweet that the Defense Department approved a State Department request for temporary housing and support at the Joint Base for Afghan special immigrant visa applicants.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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