President Biden is tapping the former governor of his home state, Jack Markell, to serve temporarily as a White House point person on the resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan. A White House official confirms that Markell will work across the federal government and with the private and non-profit sectors to ensure the thorough screening of would-be refugees and the resettlement of thousands of them across the U.S.. Earlier this week, CBS News first reported that the U.S. government was housing nearly 20,000 Afghan refugees at military installations in five states with plans to have at least 50,000 in the country by mid-September. The news of Markell's appointment was first reported by The Washington Post. He served as governor from 2009 to 2017. A longtime Biden associate, Markell was also nominated in late June to serve as ambassador to the Organization for . . . read the full article here.
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DATE: 2009, 2017, late June, mid-September, Earlier this week, the past few weeks
NORP: Afghan, Afghans, Americans
CARDINAL: five, thousands, nearly 20,000, at least 50,000, more than 100,000, approximately 124,000