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Pennsylvania is ready to support Afghan refugees, Governor Wolf says

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is working with the federal government and offering assistance to people fleeing Afghanistan, according to a news release from Governor Wolf.

Refugees are expected to arrive at the Philadelphia International Airport soon as part of the state’s intention to support them, and the federal government’s mission, in any way possible.

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“Pennsylvania was founded on the ideals of peace, tolerance, and safety for all people. It is incumbent on us to model the ideals on which Pennsylvania was founded and be a welcoming home for any who seek safe refuge in the United States. Therefore, Pennsylvania stands ready to continue serving as a resource and a safe, welcoming home for those who seek refuge in the United States,” Gov. Wolf said. “We are pleased to join in the Biden Administration’s efforts to safely relocate and resettle individuals and families fleeing humanitarian crises.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) will work with the federal government and local refugee resettlement agencies to connect refugees resettled in Pennsylvania with benefit programs and supportive services, the release said.