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The Biden administration is pausing acceptance of all refugees except those from Afghanistan

Since the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan and the Taliban took over, evacuees from that country are on their way to the U.S. to be resettled in communities around the country — including here in Arizona. News broke this week that the federal government is pausing its resettlement program for refugees from other parts of the world until early 2022 in order to prioritize those Afghan evacuees.

This comes as there have been record low numbers of refugees taken into the U.S., and it has some advocates wondering why the Biden administration can’t do both.

Laura Gómez is a reporter for the Arizona Mirror.

The Show spoke with her to learn about the situation.

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