DHS Prepares to Resettle Afghan Refugees

DHS Prepares to Resettle Afghan Refugees

(UnitedVoice.com) – Operation Enduring Freedom ended on August 30, 2021, when the final military flight left Afghanistan. President Joe Biden’s administration is now working to resettle thousands of Afghans who helped American efforts over the last 20 years, as well as other at-risk refugees.

On Sunday, August 29, as the military was wrapping up its mission, the Department of Homeland Security announced its plans to resettle the Special Immigrant Visa applicants (SIVs) and other refugees flown out of Afghanistan. Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Robert J. Fenton Jr. will head the Unified Coordination Group to find homes for them.

Thirty-five governors have said they’re willing to take in the refugees who helped American troops during the US’ longest war. The government hasn’t said exactly how many people are coming here, but some estimates predict as many as 88,000.

Refugees are currently undergoing a thorough vetting process at transit facilities in Germany, Kuwait, Qatar, Spain, and elsewhere. Intelligence officials, Border Patrol, and other agencies are checking all of the refugees to ensure they aren’t a threat to the US.

The US isn’t the only country that will take in the refugees. According to The New York Times, 97 other countries promised to accept the vulnerable people.

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