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In Virginia, 2,500 Afghans who worked for the United States during the war against the Taliban will be housed

In Virginia, 2,500 Afghans who worked for the United States during the war against the Taliban will be housed

The Biden administration says it will evacuate 2,500 Afghan visa seekers and house them in a military base in Virginia until their visas are cleared. There have been growing concerns about the safety of Afghans who served as translators and in other support roles for American troops and diplomats.

Key Summary

  • According to the Biden administration, 2,500 Afghan visa hopefuls and their families would be evacuated.
  • Starting next week, the Afghans will be held at Fort Lee, a huge Army installation south of Richmond.
  • Approximately 20,000 people have expressed interest in applying for “Special Immigrant Visas” to relocate to the United States, but only roughly half of them have progressed far enough in the vetting process to be considered for relocation.

The Biden administration said on Monday that it would relocate 2,500 Afghan visa applicants and their families who worked for the US during the Taliban battle and keep them at a military base in Virginia until their visas were cleared.

According to Tolo News, the administration informed Congress that the Afghans will be held at Fort Lee, a huge Army facility south of Richmond, beginning next week.

The administration stated earlier this month that “Operation Allies Refuge.” a program to relocate Afghan visa hopefuls, will begin soon.

The Afghans who will be kept at Fort Lee are only a fraction of the total number of Afghans seeking asylum in the United States. According to Tolo News, over 20,000 people have expressed interest in filing for “Special Immigrant Visas” to go to the United States, but only roughly half of them are far enough along in the vetting process to be considered for migration.

“At President Joe Biden’s direction, the Department of State is working to relocate interested, eligible Afghan nationals and their families who have been approved through the Special Immigrant Visa or SIV program,” said State Department spokesperson Ned Price, citing President Joe Biden’s directive.

“As you heard from the president, approximately 2,500 Afghans and family members are currently eligible to finish special immigrant processing in the United States and will certainly provide more details as they become available.”

The news comes as the government rushes to finish the withdrawal of US soldiers from Afghanistan, raising fears about the safety of Afghans who worked as translators and other support positions for American troops and diplomats.

“We will continue to work with the Afghan people, the Afghan government, and the Afghan government to assist the diplomatic process, which was given a boost over the weekend by the Afghan parties’ joint declaration. Declarations are optimistic once again. What we’ll be looking for is follow-through, which we anticipate to see in the coming days and weeks “Ned Price was also mentioned.

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