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Rep. Weinstein introduces resolution urging Governor DeWine to open Ohio for resettlement of Afghan refugees

September 13, 2021
Casey Weinstein News

COLUMBUS– State Rep. Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) today introduced a House resolution to urge Gov. DeWine and the Ohio Congressional delegation to open Ohio for resettlement efforts of Afghan refugees currently fleeing Taliban rule in Afghanistan. 

“Ohio has an incredible history of opening its arms to refugees and immigrants, and we should embrace that,” said Rep. Weinstein. “We can live our American values and honor our service members’ sacrifices in Afghanistan by offering our home as a resettlement destination to Afghans seeking freedom, safety, and peace.”

On August 15, 2021, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, leaving Afghans who served and supported American troops and the American government in especially unsafe conditions. Certain Ohio cities, including Cleveland and Akron, have already begun receiving Afghans with Special Immigrant Visas (SIV), which includes those who have worked directly for U.S. governmental agencies. 

The resolution awaits a bill number and assignment to a House committee.