President Joe Biden swore to standby his pledge to withdraw American soldiers from the troubled nation on Monday, even in the face of Taliban forces advancing on the capital of Kabul.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says they expect to receive at least 180 Afghan nationals.
"Many of these Afghan citizens—our allies—bravely risked their lives to provide invaluable support for many years to our efforts as interpreters and support staff, and we have a moral obligation to help them," said the governor, who also reiterated criticism of the U.S. withdrawal, calling it "rushed and irresponsible."
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said that he met with "some of the thousands of Afghan citizens and families" who have arrived at Fort Lee.
The governor added, "I'm coordinating with DC and have made it clear: we're ready and willing to take thousands more. Virginia will continue to serve as safe harbor.
Chaos erupted in Afghanistan as the date for U.S. withdrawal approached.
The U.S. has occupied the country for two decades.
President Biden said he made his decision when confronted with the choice of either withdrawing, or sending "thousands more" back to Afghanistan for a "third decade of war."