White House requests language change to allow Afghan refugees to collect welfare

White House requests language change to allow Afghan refugees to collect welfare


As thousands of Afghan migrants are being processed and transferred to the United States, the White House is requesting Congress make welfare benefits available to Afghan nationals paroled into the nation.

During the chaotic US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan as the Taliban took over the nation, US troops helped evacuate more than 116,000 people from Kabul, including 6,000 Americans. 

This week, the White House asked Congress for $6.4 billion in funds to help resettle the Afghan evacuees. Part of the funding would go towards authorizing Afghan evacuees who have been paroled into the United States and cleared background checks or screenings to receive welfare benefits and qualify for a driver’s license or ID card. To be eligible, all individuals must have been paroled in the US between July 30 and Sept. 30 of this year. 

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Afghan refugees arrive at Dulles International Airport in Virginia after the Taliban takeover. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

All who are eligible would be subject

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