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Local agencies say Kansas City area could welcome 625 Afghan refugees | News – Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri 2021-09-11 20:22:00 –

Kansas City, MO (AP) —The resettlement agency in the Kansas City region has informed the federal government that it is capable of welcoming 625 refugees from Afghanistan.

Three organizations designated as resettlements by the US State Department submitted this number to the Department of State in a proposal in late August. The Kansas City Star reports. Distributors are the Delaram Community Center, Jewish Vocational Services, and Catholic Charities in Northeast Kansas.

But Ryan Hadnar, Executive Director of Dela Lam, said the numbers could change depending on who chose to come to Kansas and who had existing relationships in the area.

Catholic charities have agreed to accept 85 Afghan refugees, but spokesman Carol Cowdley said the numbers could increase. Three families have already settled.

In May, President Joe Biden raised the overall refugee cap to 62,500 from the historic lows set by former President Donald Trump’s administration. Biden said his goal was to raise the cap to 125,000 starting in October.

Hudnall said the situation was further complicated by the fact that government agencies could be notified just 24 hours in advance to accept people evacuated from Afghanistan.

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