BEAVERTON, Ore. – The Beaverton City Council approved a resolution during their Aug. 24 meeting declaring the city a sanctuary for Afghanistan refugees.
Mayor Lacey Beaty introduced the resolution in response to recent events in Afghanistan resulting from the withdrawal of troops by the United States and the subsequent control by Taliban forces.
"The situation in Afghanistan is personal for me because my husband served with an Afghan interpreter who is currently in danger," said Mayor Beaty. "I'm grateful to the Council for joining me in this resolution. We will be called to action when refugees start arriving, and I look forward to working together on policy and funding mechanisms that will help us roll out the welcome mat."
The resolution, approved unanimously, declares that there is a home in Beaverton for refugees of the war in Afghanistan and that the city stands ready to support the resettlement of Afghan refugees who hold a Special Immigrant Visa.
It expresses special concern for interpreters and other Afghans who supported American and allied troops and who, along with their families, have been targeted for execution by the Taliban.
View a full version of the resolution.
“Having worked with refugee families in the past, I am proud of our Council for taking a stand to declare Beaverton as a sanctuary for refugees from Afghanistan,” said Councilor Nadia Hasan.
"Beaverton has a long history of being a community that welcomes people from all over the world to live here and become members of the community," said Councilor Marc San Soucie. "That includes immigrants, DACA Dreamers, and refugees from many war-torn and impoverished regions of the world. Now Afghanistan is in crisis, and I strongly support any assistance Beaverton can offer to help resettle refugees from Afghanistan in our great city."
The city will celebrate the contributions of its immigrants and refugees during Welcoming Week happening Sep. 10-19. The events bring together immigrants, refugees, and U.S.-born residents to raise awareness about welcoming and help build cross-cultural relationships.
Learn more and check out the current listing of activities at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/welcomingweek.