As nearly 40,000 Afghan refugees are being processed for permanent residency in the US, over 30 major companies vowed to train and hire refugees. Amazon, Facebook, Pfizer, and Tyson Foods are among the companies that joined the Tent Coalition for Afghan Refugees.
In a statement regarding its commitment to providing economic opportunities for Afghan refugees, the coalition wrote, “The 33 companies span sectors from tech to retail, and from food service to consulting — showing the broad swath of support for Afghan refugees among the business community, and the diversity of job opportunities that will be offered.”
The Biden administration’s overwhelming acceptance of refugees follows August’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. After a haphazard end to the 20-year war, the Taliban, an Islamist terrorist organization, succeeded in taking control of the country.
A recent YouGov poll suggests the majority of Americans are in favor of helping “Afghans who worked for US troops and officials in recent years.” However, Biden’s refugees are not merely Afghan nationals who worked with the military and in reality, the Taliban managed to capture numerous Afghans who helped America.
Other organizations, such as Welcome.US are working to provide hospitality to Afghans as they enter American communities. The total number of Afghan refugees arriving and staying in America is unknown, however, the Biden administration recently raised the refugee cap to 125,000, doubling the previous increase.
Tent Coalition for Afghan Refugees founder Hamdi Ulukaya immigrated to the states from Turkey and founded the popular dairy company Chobani. Speaking as an immigrant turned entrepreneur, he quipped, “I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again — the moment a refugee gets a job, it’s the moment they stop being a refugee. It’s the moment they can stand on their own two feet; it’s the moment they can make new friends; it’s the moment they can start a new life.”
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