Sooner or later of a Friday briefing at the Pentagon, Air Force Usual Glen D. VanHerck addressed the ongoing evacuation route of in Afghanistan and what Afghan refugees will face as they impact their way into the U.S. and resolve at navy bases across the nation.
With correct under 7,000 Afghan refugees presently within the United States, and extra predicament to enter, the federal authorities has persisted to impact greater the choice of bases that will dwelling these folks. Correct now, the Fort Pickett and Fort Lee bases in Virginia, Holloman Air Force Unsuitable in Unique Mexico, Fort Bliss in Texas, Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, and Joint Unsuitable McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Unique Jersey are all ready to absorb refugees.
“We’re ready to dwelling them and feed them for therefore long because it takes to rep them by the approach,” VanHerck said one day of the convention. “They’re coming here, starting over with what they lift with them.”
All of the folks coming into the nation beget passed by security screenings, having their names, biographical info and biometric info scanned by terrorist identification databases, VanHerck said. Nonetheless, they soundless need to endure steps to abet out the particular immigrant visa (SIV) screening route of, which VanHerck estimates takes about five to seven days, basing this estimation off of processing occasions seen at Fort Lee.
When visa candidates advance within the U.S., they generally cease on the spoiled till they entire a decision of medical screenings and vaccination requirements. In direction of the cease of this route of, the World Group for Migration helps these folks as they inaugurate to resolve into American society. VanHerck said most of the Afghan refugees beget family within the United States. Those that set now not are primarily resettled in areas with existing Afghan communities.
Sooner or later of their cease on spoiled, visa candidates are equipped culturally acceptable foods, with the bases serving timed meals and offering 24-hour grab-and-tear alternate suggestions. Native NGOS beget equipped kids at the bases with coloring books, training materials and sports activities instruments to entertain themselves by the cease.
About 15 p.c of those coming into the U.S. beget kids, VanHerck said. The impact-up of the groups arriving are roughly 50-50 male-feminine. Whereas he did now not beget an real resolve for the choice of kids coming into the nation, VanHerck said at one spoiled kids sage for 30 p.c of the total inhabitants. Offering these allies with aid has been a “privilege” for VanHerck, who knows the sacrifices they made to present a boost to navy efforts in Afghanistan.
“It be in fact a privilege to be executing this mission for people who beget helped us for, oftentimes, about a decades,” VanHerck said. “We continue to glance ahead to supporting them, and we’re ready to achieve this for therefore long because it takes to make certain we rep them settled here back within the United States of The United States.”