In a special briefing on Tuesday, the Biden administration detailed its plans and efforts to resettle and resettle Afghan refugees nationwide in the near future.
The conference call was held by the Spokesperson’s Office of the State Council.
“The State Department cooperates with a network of 9 resettlement agencies and their more than 200 local branches across the country to resettle Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) recipients through the U.S. Refugee Admission Program and the Hospitality and Resettlement Service,” a senior official said during the meeting Say. briefing.
Non-SIV holders, such as SIV applicants and other vulnerable Afghans who entered on parole, were transferred to one of eight domestic military facilities for additional immigration processing and medical inspections before resettlement, this official Continue to say.
“Afghans who are granted parole will receive assistance funded by the State Council through these resettlement agencies through the Afghanistan Resettlement and Assistance Program (APA). Through the APA program, individuals will be resettled in communities across the country and begin to rebuild their lives,” this An official added.
The US State Department reports that more than 124,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan, including 6,000 American citizens.
On September 3, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas stated that nearly 40,000 people have arrived in the United States, and about 20% of them are American citizens or permanent residents.
Tens of thousands of Afghan refugees are still being processed in overseas bases in the Gulf and Europe. It is not clear how many more people will come to the United States in the coming months.
In a conference call on Tuesday, a senior official stated that the “core principle” of the settlement plan is family reunification.
“Like traditional refugee and SIV resettlement, personal resettlement will prioritize reunion with family and friends in the United States, and will consider the needs and characteristics of each case,” the official said.
The official added that other factors that determine the location of Afghans include reasonable housing, employment opportunities and community capacity.
U.S. News, citing data from the State Department, stated that between October 2001 and August 2021, more than 97,000 Afghan refugees and SIV recipients settled in the United States.
According to data, since 2001, more than 80% of Afghan refugees and SIV recipients have been resettled in 10 states. The 10 states are California, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Maryland, New York, Georgia, Arizona, Colorado, and Missouri. California alone admitted 31,695 Afghan refugees, almost one-third of the total.
During the conference call, officials stated that HHS will provide refugees and all other eligible groups with services such as vaccines, “short-term emergency medical insurance” and “limited time cash and medical assistance.”
The official added that HHS has requested additional funds to support these new immigrants from Afghanistan.
In August, President Joe Biden approved an additional $500 million to resettle Afghan refugees, including SIV applicants.
Last week, the Biden administration asked Congress to provide $6.4 billion in fiscal year 2022 to support the handling of Afghan refugees, provide resources for new and future Afghan arrivals, and other humanitarian needs.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times