Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees

Source: The Hill | September 14, 2021 | Jordan Williams

The Obamas, Bushes and Clintons are joining a new effort to help Afghan refugees resettle in the United States.

Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, Former President George. W. Bush and Laura Bush, and Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will serve as honorary co-chairs for the effort called Welcome.US.

In a joint statement, the Bushes said they are “proud” to support the effort.

“Thousands of Afghans stood with us on the front lines to push for a safer world, and now they need our help,” the Bushes said. “We stand ready to show our new Afghan neighbors and the rest of the world how a welcoming and generous spirit forms the backbone of what makes our country so great.”

Welcome.US was co-founded by Cecilia Muñoz, who was the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under Obama, and John Bridgeland, who held the same role under Bush.

In a news conference, Bridgeland said the effort will provide a “single point of entry” for Americans who want to help resettle Afghan refugees.


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