Gov. Baker says state “ready to assist” Afghan refugees

Boston Statehouse

Passengers walk to the departures terminal of Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. As a Taliban offensive encircles the Afghan capital, there’s increasingly only one way out for those fleeing the war, and only one way in for U.S. troops sent to protect American diplomats still on the ground: the airport. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

BOSTON (State House News Service) – Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday warned that the government’s collapse in Afghanistan had “needlessly endangered Americans and our allies” and pledged that the Bay State is prepared to help refugees fleeing the country now under Taliban control.

In a pair of morning tweets, Baker criticized “mismanagement” in the buildup to the crisis that has unfolded in recent days, when the Taliban seized cities in Afghanistan and evacuation flights departed Kabul. Baker, a Republican, did not specifically name who he believes is at fault for the situation.

“The mismanagement that led to the catastrophe unfolding in Afghanistan has needlessly endangered Americans and our allies,” Baker said. “I am deeply thankful for the men and women who have fought to protect the homeland and pray for the safety of all those now serving.”

“Massachusetts is ready to assist Afghan refugees seeking safety and peace in America,” he added. Dozens of state lawmakers have signed onto a letter urging their federal counterparts to make every effort possible to help Afghan allies evacuate the country.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Donate Today