US military base in Virginia to house 2,500 Afghans who worked for America during war against Taliban – Times of India

KABUL: The Biden administration on Monday stated it could evacuate 2,500 Afghan visa seekers together with their households who worked for America during the war against the Taliban and would house them in a military base in Virginia until their visas get cleared.
The administration knowledgeable Congress that the Afghans shall be housed at Fort Lee, a sprawling Army base south of Richmond beginning subsequent week, reported Tolo News.
The administration introduced earlier this month that it could quickly start relocating Afghan visa seekers underneath an initiative referred to as “Operation Allies Refuge.”
The group to be housed at Fort Lee is only a small portion of the quantity of Afghans looking for refuge in the United States. Roughly 20,000 have expressed curiosity in making use of for so-known as “Special Immigrant Visas” to transfer to the US, however solely about half of them are far sufficient alongside in the vetting course of to be thought of for relocation, reported Tolo News.
“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,” stated State Department spokesperson Ned Price.
“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 announcement comes amid rising considerations for the security of Afghans who served as translators and in different assist roles for American troops and diplomats because the administration quickly strikes to full the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.
“We will continue to partner with the Afghan people, to partner with the Afghan government and support that diplomatic process that did receive a boost over the weekend from the joint declaration that was issued by the Afghan parties. Again, declarations are positive. What we are going to be looking for is the follow through and we expect to see that follow through in the coming days and weeks,” Ned Price, added. (ANI)

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