Connecticut officials say they expect to detain hundreds of Afghan refugees in the coming weeks.
Governor Ned Lamont said in a news release that refugees would be “fully scrutinized” by the US Department of Homeland Security and would receive all necessary vaccinations, including COVID-19.
“My administration was informed by the White House that our state would soon be required to accommodate as many as 310 Afghan refugees in order to resettle in Connecticut,” Lamont said. “I open my arms and welcome these individuals to our wonderful condition.”
Lamont has the state’s Department of Social Welfare with all the resources needed to help refugees with essentials such as food, shelter and vocational training in coordination with other state, federal and local organizations. He said he had ordered him to confirm that he was there.
“These evacuees are our allies and have supported our country for years, and it is our turn to give back,” Lamont said. “Connecticut has a legacy of being there for those in need, and we are proud to answer that call.”
The Associated Press reported that each refugee would be provided with a $ 1,225 benefit for rent, furniture, food, and pocket money. Afghan refugees are not eligible for food stamps, cash assistance, Medicaid, or traditional services funded through the Department of Health and Human Services.
Senator Christine Cohen, D-Gilford, said in a tweet that she “welcomes 310 Afghan refugees” and “is proud.”
The state also participates in Welcome.US, a bipartisan organization that promises to help Afghan refugees resettle.