The Department of Homeland Security was designated by the Biden administration to be the principal federal agency responsible for facilitating Afghans’ entry into the United States. The refugee resettlement agencies said that the process was too slow but they still hope this country can complete this task.
The Department of Homeland Security will coordinate federal agencies’ efforts to resettle Afghans in need. This includes those who work for the United States. According to the White House, this includes immigration processing, COVID-19 screening, isolating people who are positive and providing support for non-US citizens and legal evacuees.
Chief executive of HIAS, a Jewish humanitarian organization, Mark Hetfield stated that coordination between federal agencies has made some progress but not enough to compensate for the apparent lack of planning.
Hertfield stated that the Afghan resettlement efforts are unprecedented due to the American interest scale and importance. Since 1980 Refugee Act, small-scale evacuations have been allowed by the United States. This was the case for the Kosovo conflict in 1999 and the turmoil in Northern Iraq in 1996.
He stated that it was “annoying” that the plan should have included it. “This is the full effect of the U.S. withdrawal. It is clear that you can prepare for this.
Angelo Fernandez Hernandez Hernandez, spokesperson for Department of Homeland Security said that the agency has been long committed to resettling Afghans in special immigrant visas. He stated that recent developments have had an impact on the speed and scale this process.
Some evacuees were temporarily housed at U.S. military bases, before being relocated to other areas of the country. According to the Ministry of Defense seven bases have been used, and can house up to 28,560 refugees. Lee is located in Virginia, Ft. McCoy in Wisconsin, Ft. Bliss (Texas), McGuire-Dix Joint Base New Jersey, Ft. Pickett, Virginia and Holloman Air Force Base New Mexico are all in Virginia.
Monday’s announcement by the US Department of Defense marked the end of a 20-year-old war in Afghanistan.
General Frank Mackenzie (commander of the US Central Command) stated that approximately 123,000 Afghan citizens have been evacuated from Kabul by the United States since the Taliban overthrew its government. This includes more than 6,000 civilians. He said that only a handful of Americans were left.
Mackenzie stated at a Pentagon press conference that over 1,500 Afghans had been evacuated during the U.S. military’s last day. He stated that, despite the threat of terrorist attacks, the evacuation task will be continued.
He said, “We hope these people come out and remain as strong as ever.” “Weapons are now in the diplomatic field, rather than the military.
Spojmie Nairi is an Afghan-American immigration lawyer in San Francisco. She said that many of her clients were trapped in Kabul, and needed more resources for those who arrived in the United States.
She said, “You won’t let people out in eleven days.” “We will experience this type of catastrophe in the next few generations.”