President Joe Biden’s administration is asking Congress to authorize approximately $ 6.4 billion in US tax dollars to bring 95,000 Afghans to the United States for permanent relocation.
In a call with reporters on Tuesday, administration officials said the White House would ask Congress to authorize around $ 6.4 billion in funding to resettle tens of thousands of Afghans across the country. United States.
Mass pro-migration groups had asked Biden to authorize $ 8 billion in funds for Afghans.
About $ 1.7 billion of the funding will go to “funds and resources for Afghans to help them settle in the United States,” NBC News reports. In total, the administration official said they had already brought 65,000 Afghans to the United States for permanent resettlement in the past month and expected to bring an additional 30,000 Afghans to the United States.
The administration’s goal of resettling some 95,000 Afghans to the United States is the first glimpse of Biden’s massive resettlement operation – the largest since former President Barack Obama brought more than 12,000 Syrians to the United States. United States from 2012 to 2016.
Although Biden presented the resettlement of Afghans as a commitment to the nation’s allies in the war in Afghanistan, the overwhelming majority of Afghans arriving in the United States are not eligible for Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) or even for P-2 visas. These visa programs are only available to Afghans and their families who have worked directly for the US military.
Instead, the majority of Afghans arrive on “humanitarian parole” and some have refugee status. An estimated 50,000 Afghans will be taken to the United States on parole where they will remain at a number of US military bases and receive a one-time payment of $ 1,250.
Afghans are extracted from Afghanistan and airlifted to safe third countries such as Germany, Spain and Qatar before being eventually airlifted to Dulles International Airport in Virginia and to Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Most Afghans arriving in the United States have not completed their immigration process.
In the past 20 years, nearly one million refugees have been resettled in the country, more than double that of residents living in Miami, Florida, and that would be the equivalent of adding the population of Pensacola, Florida.
Research shows that resettling refugees costs US taxpayers nearly $ 9 billion every five years, and each refugee costs taxpayers about $ 133,000 over their lifetime. Within five years, it is estimated that 16% of all admitted refugees will need taxpayer-paid housing assistance.
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