Ways to support resettlement agencies

Posted: 09/23/2021 13:20:43 PM More than 200 people recently evacuated from Afghanistan are expected to arrive in the valley over t...



Posted: 09/23/2021 13:20:43 PM

More than 200 people recently evacuated from Afghanistan are expected to arrive in the valley over the next few months, 60 are expected to be resettled in the Northampton-Amherst-Easthampton area and the rest in Hampden County.

The three refugee resettlement agencies in the region, Catholic Charities (focused on Hampshire County), Jewish Family Service of Western Mass and (Lutheran) Ascentria Care Alliance (primarily focused on Hampden County) are actively recruiting cash donations and volunteers, especially volunteers who may be able to provide temporary accommodation. The response so far has been encouraging.

Some of the newcomers will be issued with a special immigrant visa entitling them to certain public benefits and government-funded support services, but the majority are “humanitarian parolees” who are entitled to virtually no benefits. public. They will eventually receive a work permit (a work permit document) while they apply for asylum.

I am writing to encourage you to call on your Congressman (Rep. Joe McGovern for many of us) and Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren to urge swift passage of the WELCOME law recently introduced by Reps Seth Moulton. (D-MA) and Don Bacon (R-NE). The “Reception of Overseas Evacuees to Mitigate the Effects of Displacement Act” will provide humanitarian parolees with the same basic services and resources that documented refugees and recipients of special immigrant visas have traditionally received. and that Congress has mandated for them.

Calling and leaving a message is the fastest and most efficient way to communicate. Alternatively, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has a petition that you can sign online at www.lirs.org.

Please also support our resettlement agencies. Catholic charities at welcomehomenorthampton.org; Western Mass Jewish Family Service at jfswm.org and Ascentria at Ascentria.org.

Judson Brown

Northampton

The author is a member of the Pioneer Valley Interfaith Refugee Action Group.



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