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Biden Admin to Begin Evacuations of Thousands of Afghans – Plus Their Family Members – Who ‘Aided US Military’

 

The Biden Administration will begin evacuations of Afghans who ‘helped the US military’ – plus their family members – later this month.

There are currently thousands of visa applications in process for “special immigrant visas.”

The Biden Admin may use State Department-charted planes to bring the Afghanis to the US or US territory.

The Associated Press reported:

The Operation Allies Refuge flights out of Afghanistan will be available first for special immigrant visa applicants already in the process of applying for U.S. residency, according to the official, who was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

President Joe Biden has faced pressure from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to come up with a plan to help evacuate Afghan military helpers ahead of next month’s U.S. military withdrawal.

The White House began briefing lawmakers on the outlines of their plans last month.

The evacuation planning could potentially affect tens of thousands of Afghans. Several thousand Afghans who worked for the U.S. — plus their family members — are already in the application pipeline for special immigrant visas.

The Biden administration has also been working on identifying a third country or U.S. territory that could host Afghans while their visa applications are processed.

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