Biden Ignores that Afghans are Being Processed in Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia

Refugees from Afghanistan are escorted to a waiting bus after arriving and being processed at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia on August 23, 2021. - Washington on August 22, 2021 said major airlines will help to evacuate tens of thousands of its citizens, those of other nations and Afghans, …
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President Joe Biden is ignoring that thousands of Afghans are being processed in the United States, without having finalized their applications for visas, instead touting that processing begins in third safe countries outside of Afghanistan.

During a press briefing on Sunday, Biden noted that Afghans are being loaded up on planes and heading to nations like Qatar, Germany, Kuwait, and Spain for processing. An estimated 22,000, the Pentagon has said, will be resettled across the U.S.

“In order to keep a steady flow of planes taking off from Kabul, maximize our evacuation capacity, we have quickly set up an unprecedented global effort and established a series of processing stations in third countries,” Biden said:

In short, we’re not flying them directly to the country, we’re flying them to these processing stations where we’re working with more than two dozen countries across four continents… [Emphasis added]

Including processing centers in Qatar, Germany, Kuwait, Spain, and elsewhere allows us to sort and process these evacuees. These processing centers provide safe transit for these SIV applicants and other vulnerable Afghanis and their families to complete their paperwork while we conduct security screenings and background checks before they continue on to their final destinations to the United States or other countries. [Emphasis added]

Unmentioned by Biden, though, is that thousands of Afghans applying for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) are continuing their processing at military bases in the U.S. like Fort Lee in Virginia, Fort Bliss in Texas, and Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.

Afghan citizens pack inside a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, as they are transported from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. The Taliban on Sunday swept into Kabul, the Afghan capital, after capturing most of Afghanistan. (Capt. Chris Herbert/U.S. Air Force via AP)

Afghan citizens pack inside a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, as they are transported from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan, August 15, 2021. (Capt. Chris Herbert/U.S. Air Force via AP)

As of Sunday, Afghans began arriving at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, where they will be housed until their processing for visas is complete. Pentagon officials have said that those arriving at U.S. military bases are in the final stage of getting SIVs but it remains unclear what U.S. officials are doing when Afghans do not pass screening in third safe countries.

On Monday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials confirmed to CBS News that federal immigration officials are being sent to Fort Lee, Fort Bliss, and Fort McCoy to assist with visa processing for Afghans arriving.

Meanwhile, other federal immigration officials have been sent to Germany, Qatar, and Kuwait to assist in screening Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan.

The Biden administration, with the help of Republicans and Democrats in Congress, is fast-tracking Afghans to the U.S. with the SIV and P-2 visa process by waiving the requirement that Afghans test negative for the Chinese coronavirus before boarding flights to the U.S., among other moves.

Afghan evacuees rest at a gym in an undisclosed location, August 20, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylie Barrow)

As a result, Afghans are being sent all over the U.S. — including Fairfax County, Virginia, St. Louis, Missouri, and Columbia, South Carolina.

Over the last 20 years, nearly a million refugees have resettled in the nation, more than double the residents living in Miami, Florida. Annually adding the population of Pensacola, Florida, would achieve the same growth.

Refugee resettlement costs American taxpayers nearly $9 billion every five years, according to research, and each refugee costs taxpayers about $133,000 over the course of their lifetime. Within five years, an estimated 16 percent of all refugees admitted will need housing assistance paid for by taxpayers.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here

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