Pittsburgh teams put together for 2 dozen households of Afghan refugees – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Jewish Family and Community Services works with several local groups to prepare for Afghan refugees.

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“We know that it is incredibly difficult for these people to change their lives and move to a new country, to give up their homes, their jobs and their communities. Our goal is to help them navigate this difficult process and to help them settle in as easily as possible here in Pittsburgh, ”said Ivonne Smith-Tapia, director of JFCS Refugee and Immigrant Services.

They expect about two dozen families.

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Many Afghans who helped US troops and diplomats fear being targeted by the Taliban following the collapse of the Afghan government. But the US says it will keep its promise to protect these people.

President Joe Biden directed the Secretary of State to use up to $ 500 million from the Emergency Fund for Refugees and Migration.

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US officials say they are making room for around 22,000 people who have applied for a special Afghan immigrant visa, or SIV. National security officials say there are up to 60,000 Afghans who could qualify for the special immigrant visa, and that number doesn’t include their families.

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