Biden Begins Flying Afghans to Pennsylvania after Measles Outbreak on U.S. Bases
The massive resettlement operation now has 53,000 Afghans living on U.S. bases
Joe Biden has resumed flying thousands of Afghans to the United States via the Philadelphia International Airport in Pennsylvania after a measles outbreak on U.S. military bases.
Afghans will resume flying from overseas to land in the U.S. to be resettled across 46 states, the Associated Press reported.
The flights will land in Philadelphia.
The massive resettlement operation now has 53,000 Afghans living on U.S. bases in the following states:
Biden hopes to bring at least 95,000 Afghans to the U.S. over the next year.
Afghans are flown to Philadelphia International Airport and Dulles International Airport in Virginia before being transferred to U.S. bases where they live temporarily before processing.
The CDC reported last month that some Afghans on the U.S. bases saw outbreaks of measles, varicella, mumps, tuberculosis, malaria, leishmaniasis, hepatitis A, and COVID.
The outbreaks stopped flights to the U.S. from overseas.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it had completed a vaccination against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella for Afghan arrivals.
The Biden administration has said that about 84 percent of Afghans arriving in the U.S. had received vaccines.
Last week, 49 House and Senate Republicans helped Democrats pass a plan that opens “unlimited” flow of Afghan refugee resettlement to the U.S, all funded by the taxpayer.
The bill's provision also gives Afghans driver’s licenses, allowing new arrivals to skirt national security requirements, which American citizens and all other legal immigrants must follow.