DOD Prepares US Military Bases for Afghan Refugees

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Russell Gilchrest

The Department of Defense is considering housing the coming Afghan refugees in American Military Bases across the United States.

The ongoing mass evacuation in Afghanistan in not prioritizing American citizens, Afghanistan’s citizens can apply for the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa(SIV) and they will reportedly be sent to a military base in the United States.

From The Daily Caller:  

The Department of Defense (DOD) is reportedly considering housing up to 30,000 Afghan refugees at U.S. Army bases within America. The mass evacuation plan won’t prioritize American citizens living in the Taliban-strong country.

The Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants will reportedly be housed at bases like Fort McCoy in Wisconsin and Fort Bliss in Texas, according to Fox News, which cited documents obtained and reviewed by the network. The documents noted that “the situation in Afghanistan may lead to DoS [Department of State] allowing Afghan SIV applicants to be moved to temporary housing locations while still being vetted for parolee status,” Fox News reported.

The Taliban took over much of Afghanistan in just over a week. The Taliban’s quick advance appeared to have caught the U.S. off guard and President Joe Biden’s administration is scrambling to evacuate the thousands of Afghan SIV applicants, their families and U.S. citizens. (RELATED: FLASHBACK: Biden Predicts Taliban Takeover In Afghanistan Is ‘Not Inevitable’)

The State Department issued a memorandum to the DOD on Sunday requesting “Assistance for [the] Transpiration and Temporary Housing, Sustainment, and Support for U.S. Citizens, Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Applicants, and Other Individuals at Risk,” according to a separate document obtained and reviewed by the Daily Caller. The option of bringing Afghan refugees to the U.S. appears to have followed this request from the State Department.

The current crisis in Kabul is being compared to the Fall of Saigon, although many claim that this is much worse than that historic failure.


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