A flight carrying about 75 unaccompanied Afghan children who fled the nation throughout the U.S. withdrawal arrived in Chicago on Wednesday, in keeping with metropolis officers and native media reviews.
The Division of Homeland Safety confirmed the flight’s arrival from Qatar, the place many Afghan refugees have been held previous to their resettlement, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
A Chicago metropolis official stated about 75 unaccompanied minors had been on board the flight. A spokesman for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated metropolis officers would work to “make sure the well-being of those youngsters.”
“Chicago will all the time be a welcoming residence to these displaced and we’ll work with our State and federal companions to make sure we help the Afghanistan minors who arrived this morning,” the spokesman stated.
The unaccompanied youngsters will both be launched into the custody of a vetted relative or stay with the Workplace of Refugee Resettlement till they are often resettled, a DHS spokesperson advised the Solar-Occasions.
Federal officers are within the technique of relocating 1000’s of Afghan refugees who had been evacuated previous to the everlasting U.S. withdrawal from the nation on the finish of September. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Tony Blinken traveled to Ramstein Air Base in Germany to satisfy with unaccompanied Afghan youngsters housed on the facility.