US uses three more military bases to accommodate Afghan refugees, increasing cap to 50,000


The United States has accommodated or is preparing to contain Afghan citizens fleeing their country at seven US military bases, military officials said Friday.

Four bases in New Jersey, McCoy-Dix-Lakehurst, Fort Lee, Virginia, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, and Fort Bliss, Texas, were already in use to provide temporary shelter. ..

The Pentagon has approved three additional bases to accept refugees, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington.

They are a US Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia. Fort Pickett, Virginia; Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

According to Kirby, increasing the number of bases that can accommodate evacuees means that it can accommodate up to 50,000 people.

The United States Northern Command is coordinating evacuation details with the Department of State, Homeland Security, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

“The secretary has made it clear that he will work with the state to identify potential future U.S. military facilities if more is needed because of demand, which is what we are now operating. “That’s what Kirby said.

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A U.S. Navy aircraft will fly over the U.S. Air Force’s Ramstein Air Force Base in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany, on August 26, 2021. (AndreasRentz / Getty Images)

From 3:00 EST on August 26 to 3:00 EST the following day, the United States facilitated the flight or flight of approximately 12,500 people from Kabul. Since August 14, the United States has promoted the evacuation or evacuation of approximately 105,000 people.

The majority are Afghanistan. They are shuttled to countries around the world, but no country is ready to accept more than the United States, which is giving out special immigrant visas and other paperwork to accept refugees.

Authorities use special authority to waive some Afghan visa requirements. Government officials claim that all evacuees have been scrutinized before being taken to the United States.

It is not clear how many Afghans arrived in the United States. Evacuation flights first stop in other countries like Germany before continuing to the United States.

Bases in other countries were set up to accommodate about 19 flights and about 5,000 passengers on Thursday, Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor, Deputy Director of Regional Operations, told reporters in Washington. Another six flights, with approximately 3,300 participants, were scheduled to depart from Europe to the United States.

“More evacuees continue to arrive at the state border and move to designated facilities throughout the Northern Command,” Taylor said.

Details of the movement will be shared at a briefing Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Zachary Stieber

Zachary Stieber covers US news, including politics and proceedings. He started in The Epoch Times as a metro reporter for New York City.