Congress passes legislation giving Afghan evacuees more access to benefits

Evacuees classified as humanitarian parolees usually receive fewer resources than those classified as refugees

Hundreds of Afghan evacuees resettling in New Jersey are getting some more help as they build new lives. Congress recently passed a continuing resolution that gives those classified as “humanitarian parolees” access to the same benefits that refugees have. Most of the Afghan evacuees being housed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst fall under the “humanitarian parolee” category with far fewer resources.

Immigration advocates say the legislation is a first step but want lawmakers to do more so evacuees can have a path toward permanent residency.

 

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