Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby spoke opaque about this option last week when he told reporters that the government may have “short term” shelter for some of the Afghans on bases within the United States while their applications are processed.
However, the vast majority of Afghan applicants and their families would go through the relocation process and be transferred to an American base in another country.
The mission fulfills a promise made by President Biden not to repeat the US allies’ abandonment during the retreat from Vietnam and comes as the Taliban gain ground across Afghanistan, occupying parts of the territory, displacing tens of thousands and wounding or wounding hundreds of civilians kill.
Members of the House of Representatives from both parties, who are expected to pass laws later this week that increase the number of special immigrant visas from the State Department and streamline the application process, praised the government’s efforts, but complained that they should have been made much faster .
“The ability to evacuate now will be different from the ability to evacuate in August, September, October, November,” said Jason Crow, Democrat of Colorado and former Army Ranger, Rep. Who served in Iraq and Afghanistan Has. said this month on MSNBC. “It’s getting worse every month.”
Those wishing to apply for a special immigrant visa will be required to provide identification documents, proof of work for the US government, and a letter of recommendation from an American official. The applicant must also pass multiple background checks, file fingerprints for each family member, and pass an interview at a U.S. embassy.
Despite a mandate from Congress for state and homeland security departments to process visas within nine months, more than 8,000 applicants have been detained for longer periods of time over the government, according to a report by the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), which has filed a lawsuit against the federal government the delays.