ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona receives first group of recently evacuated Afghan translators, refugees

Sep 2, 2021, 5:00 PM
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, families evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, sit ...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, families evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, sit onboard a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va. U.S. religious groups of many faiths are gearing up to assist the thousands of incoming refugees. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey says the state has received its first group of recently evacuated Afghans to be resettled in Arizona.

Ducey said in a Tweet overnight that the group arrived Sunday night, and “we know there are more on their way.”

The Republican governor noted the Afghans were vetted through background checks.

He said the U.S. must keep its promises to the people who helped the American military in Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of Afghans have been evacuated from their country with the end of the United States’ longest war. Many helped the U.S. military as interpreters and in other roles.

Ducey did not say how many were in the group.

The Arizona office of the International Rescue Committee says its nonprofit agency on Sunday received 18 evacuated Afghans for resettlement.

“In the next six months, we probably will see hundreds” of Afghans arrive through the state’s various resettlement agencies, said Aaron Rippenkroeger, executive director for the committee in Arizona.

Rippenkroeger said he was grateful for the bipartisan support that Ducey and other leaders in Arizona had given the effort to resettle Afghans in the state.

Stanford Prescott, a U.S. network communications officer for the organization, said details about the evacuees being resettled in Arizona were being withheld for now for their safety.

Afghans evacuated in recent days by the American military are largely being processed and housed in U.S. government facilities across the country before going to resettlement agencies that will determine their final destinations.

Prescott said the top states for Afghans with special immigrant visas for military translators historically have been California, Washington state, Texas, Virginia, and Maryland, although Arizona has received a smaller, significant number.

He said the committee’s Arizona office was already receiving Afghans including military translators through normal resettlement pathways long before the current crisis.

He said 31 Afghans with the special immigrant visas granted to military translators and another 18 Afghans with refugee status were brought to Arizona between Oct. 1, 2020, through July 31.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Gateway Grand Rendering)...
Danny Shapiro

Ground broken on 2 million-square-foot Gateway Grand industrial park in Mesa

Ground was broken Tuesday on the 2 million-square-foot Gateway Grand industrial park in Mesa, which is expected to be completed in 2023.
1 day ago
(File Facebook Photo/Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)...
KTAR.com

Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy killed in shooting with suspect

A Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy was killed Tuesday in a shooting with a suspect in Cordes Lakes, authorities said. 
1 day ago
Rachel Mitchell (rachelmitchellformaricopa.org Photo)...
Torrence Dunham

Here’s Interim Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell’s stance on Arizona’s abortion law

Interim Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell in a press conference on Tuesday gave her stance on a law in Arizona that bans abortions, which took effect after the Supreme Court last week reversed Roe v. Wade.
1 day ago
(Facebook Photo/U.S. Forest Service - Coconino National Forest)...
KTAR.com

Coconino and Kaibab forests in northern Arizona lift fire restrictions

Having received significant precipitation from recent storms, the Coconino and Kaibab forests in northern Arizona announced Tuesday that fire restrictions have been lifted.
1 day ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)...
KTAR.com

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs $18 billion budget for 2023 fiscal year

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed the $18 billion budget into law that makes hefty investments in education, border security and infrastructure.
1 day ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)...
Sponsored Content by

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed the $18 billion budget into law that makes hefty investments in education, border security and infrastructure.

Sponsored Articles

...
Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

ADHS mobile program brings COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to Arizonans

The Arizona Department of Health Services and partner agencies are providing even more widespread availability by making COVID-19 vaccines available in neighborhoods through trusted community partners.
Arizona receives first group of recently evacuated Afghan translators, refugees