September 16, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Importance of Supporting Afghan Ally Resettlement Efforts with Illinois Officials


[MOLINE, IL] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today spoke with Illinois officials to discuss how Illinois is supporting the resettlement of Afghan allies and partners across the state. Duckworth spoke with Illinois Deputy Governor Sol Flores, Illinois First Assistant Deputy Governor Lizzy Whitehorn, Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Chief of Staff Ryan Croke and IDHS Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services Lilian Jimenez about the importance of the state’s efforts to resettle Afghan allies and partners who sacrificed for the United States’ mission in Afghanistan and what federal support is needed.

“Our Afghan allies and partners did their part for us, time and again, for two decades half a world away,” Duckworth said. “When they begin to resettle here in Illinois and across the country, we must do our part for them, too. I look forward to continuing to work with Illinois leaders and all Illinoisans to help ensure we help all of these brave Afghans settle into their new homes across our state.”

Over the coming weeks and months, Illinois is expected to receive more than 800 resettled Afghan allies in the first group of evacuees.