Roughly 60,000 Afghan evacuees have arrived in US since mid-August

Roughly 60,000 Afghan evacuees have arrived in US since mid-August
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Approximately 60,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan since Aug. 17 have arrived in the United States, according to a report published late Wednesday.

The latest figure includes some of the 50,000 people without visas that the Biden administration told refugee assistance organizations they should expect to have to help resettle stateside.

Of the 60,000 figure reported by the Associated Press, just 17%, or roughly 10,200, are U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who had been in Afghanistan at the time of evacuations.

The other 83%, or 48,800 people, are either approved for the Special Immigrant Visa, in the process of applying, have yet to apply, or are not candidates and may seek asylum in the U.S. The Special Immigrant Visa is awarded after a 14-step process, and applicants must have helped the U.S. during the 20-year War on Terror.

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The State Department in late July broadened the visa pool, leading more Afghans to believe they may be eligible, which in turn led to more hysteria as tens of thousands tried to reach the airport in Kabul, where U.S. and chartered planes were airlifting people out of the country. Afghans who were desperate to escape but not eligible for visas would have had the chance to board the planes.

Of the 60,000 allowed into the U.S. thus far, a small undisclosed portion have been denied entry while being screened in the Middle East or Europe, as well as once in the U.S.

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The Biden administration airlifted 124,000 people from Afghanistan in total this summer and led the public to believe that many Americans and Afghan allies were in need of rescue.

But the White House in late August changed its tune, instead describing those it was flying out as “vulnerable” populations, as Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters on Sept. 3. Americans and SIV recipients made up around 10% to 15% of the 124,000.

The State and Homeland Security Departments did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Tags: News, Afghanistan, Immigrants, Visas, Refugees, National Security, White House, Joe Biden

Original Author: Anna Giaritelli

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