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New Mexico’s Refugee Resettlement Program

An American soldier wearing a facemask carries an Afghan toddler, with another child walking next to them.

An Airman attached to Task Force-Holloman aids Afghan children as they arrive to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Sept. 2, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for up to 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan evacuees essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Anthony X. Sanchez)

September 10, 2021 As thousands of Afghan refugees arrive at New Mexico military bases, the state is prepared to welcome some of them into its communities. Senior producer Matt Grubs speaks with Deputy Human Services Secretary Angela Medrano, who helps oversee the state’s Refugee Resettlement Program, about the next steps and what the federal government is – and is not – disclosing about refugee arrivals.  

Matt Grubs, NMiF senior producer 

Angela Medrano, deputy secretary, New Mexico Human Services Department 
For More Information: 
Congresswomen Tour HollomanLas Cruces Sun-News 
New Mexico Refugee Resettlement Program – New Mexico Human Services Dept. 
Holloman Air Force Base Public Affairs 

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