The following is a joint statement from Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall and Ashburn District Supervisor Mike R. Turner:
Loudoun, Ashburn Supervisor Mike Turner and I met earlier today with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to discuss the potential for a resettlement operation for people from Afghanistan to be temporarily located in Loudoun County. While it is true a location in Loudoun is being considered as a “safe haven” location for evacuees from Afghanistan who were allies to the U.S. Government operations during the 20-year Afghanistan war, at the time of this writing, DHS has not signed a contract with any facility in Loudoun County for such an operation. In addition, a contract will not be signed if certain entities in Loudoun government are not willing to take part in Operation Allies Welcome.
Having said that, if a contract is signed, I want to offer as many facts and answer as many questions as possible. Here’s what we know so far, which is important to understand should the federal government’s resettlement operation be set up in Loudoun:
I can assure that our federal partners have been forthcoming regarding their planning activities and their consideration of a site in Loudoun County as part of their efforts to resettle our Afghan allies. This possible staging area in Loudoun County for this next phase of Operation Allies Welcome is something we can all be proud of as the United States works to resettle people who were at risk of being killed if they stayed in Afghanistan. They helped us when we were in their country. Now, we should help them by finding them new, safe homes in our country.
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