The Biden Administration Should Not Delay in Creating a Private Sponsorship Program to Aid Afghan Refugees

Source: Niskanen Center
by Matthew La Corte

“Americans across the country have been gripped by the chaotic departure of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. The images are horrifying. The stories are heartbreaking. But the tremendous response from the American people has been uplifting and inspiring. … Earlier this year, State Department officials announced plans to create a private refugee sponsorship program in 2022. It was a powerful signal that the Biden administration wants to usher in a new era of private sector engagement around the global refugee crisis. But the rapid fall of Afghanistan means that launching in 2022 will be far too late, given the level of interest from Americans and the level of need at this very moment.” (09/02/21)