Sen. Kayse Jama and Rep. Khanh Pham wrote to Gov. Kate Brown on August 17, saying that they were “calling for the safe passage for people from Afghanistan who are facing immediate threats to their lives and the lives of their families.” This letter was co-signed by multiple Oregon senators and representatives, including Sen. Sara Gelser, who want Brown’s support in asking the Biden administration to lift refugee caps to allow Afghan refugees to settle safely.
Brown said that she was “ready to welcome” these refugees and that she was “hopeful the Biden-Harris administration, along with Congress, will lift refugee admission caps and take other emergency humanitarian actions to save lives.”
The public policy director for the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Britt Conroy said the EMO is ready to help refugees settle, offering aid with food, housing, academic support, and furnishings. The EMO is a nonprofit that works to resettle refugees among many other causes.
Church World Services, another religious nonprofit, is also offering aid via donations and signing up to sponsor an incoming family in Oregon communities.