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Obama, Bush and Clinton work together to support and resettle Afghan refugees in the United States


The families of Obama, Bush and Clinton, former US presidents, have joined a new effort to help Afghan refugees resettle in the United States.


Former President Obama and Michelle Obama and former President George. Bush and Laura Bush, former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be honorary co-chairs of the effort called Welcome.US.


In a joint statement, the Bush family said they were "proud" of supporting this effort, and the Bush family said: "Thousands of Afghans have stood with us on the front lines pressing for a safer world, and now they need our help. We are ready to show our new Afghan neighbors and the rest of the world how they shaped The welcoming spirit is the backbone of what makes our country so great."


Welcome.US was founded by Cecilia Muñoz, who was director of the Obama White House Domestic Policy Council, and John Bridgeland, who held the same role under Bush. In a press conference, Bridgeland said the effort would provide a "single point of entry" for Americans who They want to help resettle Afghan refugees.


“Welcome to the United States will make it easier for Americans to donate to frontline organizations, sponsor a family, host a refugee family on Airbnb, or find other ways to help,” he said.


The group said in a press release that it will also launch a national campaign to highlight the need for Americans to join efforts to help resettle Afghan refugees and will establish a welcome fund, which will provide funding to vetted nonprofits to help resettle Afghan refugees.


The United States formally withdrew from Afghanistan on August 31, ending America's longest conflict and evacuated more than 124,000 people, the majority of whom were Afghans.

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