Some states are struggling to find enough translators while others say they have plenty and are even turning people away.
One volunteer who spoke with Fox News, and is remaining anonymous for her safety, has been a translator in Arizona since she moved from Afghanistan in 2017. She is fluent in English, Farsi, Urdu and Pashto. With the recent evacuations in Kabul, she says she has been interpreting phone calls almost daily.
“I used to work from 6:30 a.m. in the morning up to 9:30 p.m. at night I was on the phone,” she says. “I just wrote down my name with the organization and I told them whenever you need me.”
Watching the tragic situation unfold overseas, the interpreter is desperately trying to help as many people as possible, including her own family, which is hoping to escape Kabul soon.
“I’m crying almost every day. I’m calling them but most of the time the phone is not connecting and then I’m asking them ‘how are you?’ by texting them. Then after two or three hours when I get the reply back I get so happy that at least I’m [getting] their news that they’re right now fine, but they’re not doing good, but at least they’re fine.”
Over the next few weeks nearly 37,000 Afghan refugees will resettle in the United States. California will welcome the most at more than 5,200 people, while Alabama and Mississippi will only take 10. Four other states and Washington, D.C., aren’t taking any.
The Biden administration is hoping to help resettle up to 65,000 Afghans through October and another 30,000 through the next fiscal year.