President Biden assigns former Delaware Governor to temporarily lead Afghan resettlement efforts in US

President Biden has assigned former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell as the temporary point person who will oversee the Afghan evacuee resettlement effort in the United States.

Markell, who served two terms as governor, will be the coordinator of the resettlement initiative that the White House has dubbed “Operation Allies Welcome.” Markell, whose appointment is on a temporary basis until the end of the year, will work in coordination with the National Security Council, Domestic Policy Council and the Department of Homeland Security, which is the lead agency coordinating resettlement efforts.

In addition to developing the administration’s resettlement policy, Markell will work with state and local governments, private companies and other organizations to resettle the tens of thousands of evacuees from Afghanistan.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced Friday that the US has admitted more than 40,000 evacuees from Afghanistan into the country. This includes US citizens, lawful permanent residents, special immigrant visa holders and at-risk Afghan citizens [CNN].


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