President Biden has directed the Department of Homeland Security to serve as the lead agency coordinating ongoing efforts across the federal government “to resettle vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked on behalf of the United States.”

DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that Robert J. Fenton, Jr., will lead the interagency Unified Coordination Group (UCG). UCG will report directly to Secretary Mayorkas and will include “a broad range of services throughout the resettlement process, from initial immigration processing, COVID-19 testing, and isolation of COVID-positive individuals for anticipated quarantine, to resettlement support for individuals who are neither U.S. citizens nor lawful permanent residents. The resettlement support will include initial processing at pre-designated U.S. military bases prior to being resettled into communities.”

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