State leaders work through logistics ahead of refugee arrival

Updated: Oct 21

By WCAX News Team, WCAX, October 20, 2021

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Afghan refugees will be coming to Vermont to start a new life and state leaders are trying to work through the logistics.

Senator Kesha Ram Hinsdale, D-Chittenden County and Representative Marybeth Redmond, D-Essex, hosted a virtual town hall Tuesday that included an update on the current refugee resettlement programs, Afghans arriving to Vermont, support for employers with refugee workers, and guidance on how you can get involved.

Congressman Peter Welch and Senator Patrick Leahy both say this opportunity is vital. “Families arriving in Vermont and throughout the United States and communities are in the world carrying untold weight that we can simply not understand. So, I have no doubt that Vermont will be a welcoming place for these families to rebuild and to grow,” said Sen. Leahy.

“We’re doing something that really matters. It’s going to provide welcome, it’s going to provide refuge and safety to folks coming to Vermont,” said Welch.

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