The United States is preparing to begin deporting thousands of Afghan refugees applicants with special visas (SIVs) at risk of retaliation against Taliban insurgents because they work for the US government.
U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday approved up to $100 million in an emergency fund to meet the “unexpected” refugee needs of Afghanistan, including those applying for special entry into Afghanistan, the White House said.
Biden also authorized the release of $ 200 million in services and articles from US government agencies to meet similar needs, the White House said.
The United States is preparing to begin deporting thousands of Afghan applicants with special visas (SIVs) at risk of retaliation against Taliban insurgents because they work for the US government.
The first batch of deportees and their families are expected to be shipped before the end of the month to Fort Lee, the US military base in Virginia, where they will await the final processing of their visa applications.
An estimated 2,500 Afghan people could be brought to the center, about 48 kilometers south of Richmond, the Pentagon said on Monday.
Biden officials reviewed other US institutions in the United States and overseas where SIV applicants and their families could be accommodated.
Special immigration visas are available to Afghans who worked as translators or other services in the US government after the 2001 US-led invasion.
On Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed a law that would increase the number of HIV-positive people by 8,000, which would address all potential applications for the pipeline.
About 18,000 such applications are being processed, say US officials.