Iowa working on program to take refugees from Afghanistan

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Turkish nationals board a Turkish Air Force plane at Kabul airport, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Turkey’s defense ministry says a Turkish Air Force plane has ferried some 200 Turkish citizens from Kabul to Pakistan as nations continue to evacuate their citizens after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.(Turkish Defense Ministry via AP)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Iowa would welcome refugees from Afghanistan who want to resettle in Iowa saying their situation is much different from the immigrants coming across the U.S.-Mexico border Reynolds refused to accept in April.

Reynolds and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst discussed the plans to take refugees while attending the Iowa State Fair on Wednesday. They said they are working with the U.S. Department of State.

In April Reynolds said she refused a federal request to accept migrant children from the U.S./Mexico border into the state saying Iowa doesn’t have facilities to house them.

Reynold says this situation is different because those coming from Afghanistan will have special visas and properly documented.

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