Following the withdrawal of forces from Syria in August, a flood of refugees landed in the United States in 2021, in what President Joe Biden described as the “biggest airlift in U.S. history.”
According to the most recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) figures, the Biden Administration has placed more than 52,000 Afghans in American cities, towns, and neighborhoods this year, making it the greatest refugee resettlement effort in American history. After a failed U.S. military departure from Afghanistan and a 20-year conflict that killed the lives of hundreds of thousands, Biden launched an extensive Afghan resettlement program in mid-August.
As part of Operation Allies Welcome, the last batch of Afghan nationals sheltered at Fort Bliss, Texas, left the base yesterday. Fort Bliss is the third of eight Department of Defense locations aiding the relocation of Afghan nationals, often known as ‘safe havens,’ according to a press release from the agency.
“The end of operations at Fort Bliss marks another important step in our mission to safely and successfully re-settle our Afghan allies. We are thankful for the partnership the local communities have forged with our teams and their support for this historic effort,” stated Robert J. Fenton, Jr., Senior Response Official for Operation Allies Welcome.
The relocation project was supported by funds provided by the United States government, which were approved by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. In September, 49 Republicans in the House and Senate voted to give Biden $ 6.4 billion to help re-settle an indefinite number of Afghans across the country. 19 Senate Republicans and Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) joined Democrats in spending an additional $ 7 billion on Biden’s Afghan move earlier this month.
In addition to those who have been re-settled in American communities, the Biden administration continues to house around 22,500 Afghans in refugee camps at Camp Atterbury in Indiana, Fort Dix in New Jersey, Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, Fort Pickett in Virginia, and Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, where they can receive services such as healthcare and resettlement, as well as apply for work visas, according to the agency.
75,000 refugees arrived in the United States in 2021, according to the UNHCR
In just over four months, the Biden administration transported over 75,000 Afghans to the United States. The majority arrived on humanitarian parole, a visa-free category for anyone claiming to have been persecuted, while only a few have a special immigrant visa (SIV).
According to Breitbart News, the Biden administration raised more than $13 billion in federal cash and funding from non-governmental organizations with the cooperation of 49 congressional Republicans.
According to the analysis, it will cost the U.S. $9 billion every five years, with each refugee receiving around $133,000 throughout their lifetime and about 16% requiring government-funded housing help.
While the Department of Homeland Security claims that all refugees entering the nation have been “vigorously screened,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas informed Congress in November that not all refugees are interviewed in person