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Loudoun County Virginia - U S Government Ends Use of Facility in Loudoun as Safe Haven for Afghan Nationals 28 September 2022 ( news )
Loudoun County , state Virginia ( By Press Release office)
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The use of the National Conference Center ( NCC ) in Lansdowne as a “safe haven” facility for Afghan nationals has come to an end . The U . S . Department of Homeland Security has
announced the departure of all Afghan nationals from the NCC
“We are grateful that so many friends of the U . S . who had no choice but to flee their county were able to join new communities across our country , ” said Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J . Randall . “I ......am proud their first stop in our great nation was right here in Loudoun , from where our federal partners resettled more than 4 , 500 people without incident and with no discernible impact on the surrounding community . ”
Currently , federal officials are working to demobilize the site and will vacate the property by September 30 , 2022 . This week , residents who live near the NCC may notice the removal of barriers and other visible signs of the operation . The NCC reports that it will return to normal business operations effective October 1 , 2022 .
The federal government entered into a contractual agreement with the NCC to use the center to temporarily house Afghan nationals as part of
Operation Allies Welcome
. Beginning in March 2022 , the site functioned as a brief stop for more than 4 , 500 Afghan nationals on their way to join other communities and resettle into their new homes across the United States .
“Loudoun County residents , and particularly the Lansdowne community , should be very proud of their role in the extraordinary success of this humanitarian operation , ” said Ashburn District Supervisor Michael R . Turner . “I’d like to thank the National Conference Center , the dozens of faith - based and nonprofit organizations , and the hundreds of Loudoun citizens that donated their time and resources to help our Afghan allies during their challenging transition to a new life . I’d particularly like to thank Ms . Valerie Pisierra and the entire Loudoun Cares team who volunteered to coordinate all local community support efforts for the operation . ”
Federal officials say that while at the NCC , Afghan nationals prepared for resettlement through a number of activities , including:
Applying for work authorization .
Attending English language classes .
Being matched with their new U . S . communities .
Learning about the U . S . legal and immigration systems .
Participating in cultural orientation classes .
Many federal agencies and their community partner organizations contributed to the “safe haven” operation in Loudoun , helping Afghan nationals through the process and preparing them for their new homes in communities around the country .
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