Walz extends Minnesota’s welcome mat to Afghan refugees
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 05: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz tours damaged buildings on East Lake Street on June 5, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Walz, Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN), and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) joined business owners and community members to tour properties which were damaged during the protests and riots in Minneapolis which followed the death of George Floyd. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is extending a welcome mat for refugees from Afghanistan. In a letter to President Joe Biden on Thursday, Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan offered to to work with the federal government to continue Minnesota’s history of welcoming refugees by assisting with the resettlement of people fleeing Afghanistan. They wrote that Minnesota has a strong tradition of helping them rebuild their lives and become part of the community. Minnesota is already home to some of the largest Hmong, Somali and Liberian communities in the U.S., as well as a small Afghan community.