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Governors step out to welcome Afghan refugees

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Evacuees from Afghanistan board a Boeing 777 before departing Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, Sep. 2, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaila V. Peters)

[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Politics.]

By Lou Cannon
Real Clear Politics

Thirty-five state governors from both parties say they will welcome Afghan refugees forced to flee their country because of the Taliban takeover. “We’re a state of refuge,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom as he welcomed refugees to California.

Across the country, another Democrat echoed this sentiment. On her second day in office, Gov. Kathy Hochul issued a statement saying that “as the world watches the instability in Afghanistan unfold, New York is stepping up to once again serve as a beacon of hope and refuge.”

A powerful welcoming statement was tweeted by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (pictured) on the last day of the U.S. evacuation from Kabul of Americans and Afghans. “Utah was settled by refugees fleeing religious persecution,” Cox said. “We understand the pain caused by forced migration and appreciate the contributions of refugees in our communities.”

Cox, a Republican who assumed office 2 ½ weeks before President Biden, wrote a letter to Biden offering to “assist with the resettlement of individuals and families fleeing Afghanistan, especially those who valiantly helped U.S. troops, diplomats, journalists and other civilians over the past 20 years.”

Another Republican,

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