August 15, 2022
Exactly one year after the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul sparked a massive airlift of Afghan refugees to the U.S., many of those who arrived in Southern California have settled into their new lives, according to a resettlement group.
More than 80,000 Afghans arrived in the U.S., according to the Department of Homeland Security, and thousands came to California.
Local resettlement agencies, low on resources after years of immigration cutbacks under former President Trump, found themselves scrambling to get Afghan families housed and settled.
The International Institute of Los Angeles has resettled about 900 Afghan refugees, said Cambria Tortorelli, the agency’s president and CEO.