Afghans steered to states with ‘help wanted’ signs, pro-immigrant bent
Sayed Omer Sadat, 35, an Afghan refugee, with his two daughters Asma, 11, left, and Aqsa, 6, in his new apartment on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in El Cajon, California. - Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/TNS

While a handful of state leaders have raised objections, most states are welcoming families fleeing Afghanistan. Those attitudes are influencing where the U.S. government, working with local nonprofits, resettles the 95,000 Afghan evacuees expected this year and next. California, New York, Oregon and Utah, along with some local governments, have used their own money to help refugees, viewing them as a boon to businesses struggling to find entry-level employees. Hawaii, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming aren’t slated to receive any Afghans. The Republican governors of South Dakota and Wyo...