Biden Admin Resettling 4,000 Afghans Across 46 U.S States Every Week
'We’re very focused on jobs, on housing, on funding'
Joe Biden’s administration is resettling around 4,000 Afghans in the United States every week, officials have confirmed.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said thousands of Afghans are being resettled every week as part of its massive resettlement operation.
“We’re resettling, working closely with the agency, just over an average of about 4,000 Afghan nationals a week."
“Our timeline … between December and February to complete the resettlement of the Afghan nationals here … we’re very focused on jobs, on housing, on funding."
The Biden administration aims to bring up to 100,000 Afghans to the U.S. via a plan passed by Congress, which opens the door for an unlimited amount of Afghan resettlement.
Afghans are being temporarily housed across various U.S. military bases, these include:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
Refugees are then resettled across a multitude of states as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) secure their jobs.
Biden also promised Afghans to work permits, free of charge.
But Mayorkas admitted that “not all” Afghans are undergoing in-person vetting before boarding flights.
“We are not conducting in-person, refugee interviews of 100 percent individuals,” Mayorkas said.
Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) introduced a plan that would ban the administration from using parole to fly Afghans to the U.S., increase vetting and allow states to veto refugee resettlement.
Last month, Neon Nettle reported the Biden administration was poised to create sponsorship circles of veterans to provide money for refugees to have housing and other expenses covered so they can settle in America.
Currently, there are 55,600 Afghan refugees on military bases in the U.S.
CNN reported that the Biden administration also wants to place refugees beyond the former 100-mile limit from the resettlement office.
Former Democratic Delaware Gov. Jack Markell praised the plan.