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April 13, 2023
Thousands of Afghan refugees are arriving in Idaho, Wisconsin, Montana, and Washington, where they will be processed before being resettled in other states.
In a statement, the US Department of Defense announced its making arrangements to house up to 50,000 Afghan refugees across seven military bases, including Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico; and Fort Lee, Marine Corps Base Quantico and Fort Pickett, all in Virginia.
“The request for assistance from the State Department specifically requested that the Department of Defense provide culturally appropriate food, water, bedding, religious services, recreational activities and other services such as transportation from the port of entry to the location of accommodations, and some medical services as well,” Air Force Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, commander of U.S. Northern Command, said during a press conference today at the Pentagon.
After the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, thousands of citizens struggled to catch planes out of the terrorist-controlled country. The Biden administration’s resettlement plan will provide permanent residency to the refugees. It is unclear how many refugees are being taken in by other countries, although Albania and France have expressed support.
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