More than 50,000 Afghans expected to be admitted into United States, Homeland Security announces

At least 50,000 Afghans are expected to be admitted into the United States, the secretary of homeland security said Friday.

Exactly how many more will come and how long it will take remain open questions, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said as he outlined the effort. More than 40,000 have arrived in the U.S. so far. Mayorkas said only about 20% are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The rest are people who worked for the American military or NATO as interpreters or in some other capacity and Afghans considered particularly vulnerable under Taliban rule. While he said the U.S. expected to admit at least 50,000 Afghans, he suggested there was no set limit or a specific time frame.

“Our mission is not accomplished until we have safely evacuated all U.S. citizens who wish to leave Afghanistan or lawful permanent residents, all individuals who have assisted the United States in Afghanistan,” he said. “This effort will not end until we achieve that goal” [CBS].


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