The last group of refugees from Afghanistan awaiting resettlement at the 8 US military installations finally left bases across the country on Saturday. It was the culmination of a journey that began with August’s frantic evacuation of the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Afghan refugees have received assistance from resettlement organizations. They were evacuated after Afghanistan fell to the marauding Taliban even as the Americans were in the final phase of withdrawal.
the Afghan refugees have begun to leave bases in recent weeks and have begun relocating to their communities across the United States.
They were evacuated as part of Operation Allies Welcome, the United States took in about 76,000 Afghans. This is the largest relocation of refugees the country has seen in decades.
The CEO and Chairman of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Krish Vignarajah, called the arrival and resettlement of the refugees a significant milestone. Se applauded what she said was the Herculean effort of American men and women in uniform who worked tirelessly to meet the challenges.
Krish stressed that the neighbors would continue to need American friendship and support for an extended period of months, if not years. She emphasized that the challenges were here to stay and weren’t going away anytime soon.
Thousands more Afghan refugees will be admitted over the next year
The United States said it planned to admit many more refugees during the year. However, they would arrive in small groups and be housed in facilities whose location has not been determined, according to Homeland Security sources.
In the meantime, refugee housing located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix_Lakehurst in New Jersey would remain open. This base was the largest stopping point for Afghan refugees and had about 14,500 of them at one time. Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, was the second largest and saw the last of the refugees stationed there last week.
The refugees located at the base underwent medical screening and immigration procedures while they remained stationed at the bases. Most of them were moved to existing communities in Washington and Northern Virginia. They also moved to Northern California and Texas.